Lady Gaga has been officially relieved of the obligation to pay a reward for the return of her lost dogs. In February, Jennifer McBride, who had handed over the singer’s dogs two days after they were taken from her dog walker, sued Lady Gaga after the pop star refused to pay the agreed-upon sum in exchange for the safe return of her pets. McBride accused Lady Gaga of breach of contract, false promise, and fraud by misrepresentation.
In July, Judge Holly J. Fujie ruled that McBride’s complaint was “legally insufficient in its entirety” due to her involvement in the theft. McBride had previously pleaded no contest to charges of receiving stolen property, which disqualified her from benefiting from the wrongdoing by seeking to enforce the contract. Despite being given 20 days to amend her filing, McBride claimed she was not involved in the theft and had only taken possession of the dogs to return them. However, the judge made a final ruling on Monday, December 1, 2023, rejecting McBride’s claim and refusing to allow another revised complaint.
According to court documents obtained by People magazine, Lady Gaga’s attorneys argued that McBride was not a good Samaritan who found the dogs by chance but rather a “direct and knowing participant in the criminal enterprise.” In December, McBride was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading no contest to knowingly receiving stolen property. McBride had also sought legal fees and compensation for financial damages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life. However, Lady Gaga’s team argued that she had not suffered any damages in returning the dogs.