Ex-England and Liverpool striker, Daniel Sturridge is being sued by a man who found his stolen dog in Los Angeles two years ago.
At that time, Sturridge made a plea on social media after his beloved Pomeranian dog named Lucci, who is worth £4,000, was stolen after his house was burgled in July 2019, with bags also stolen.
The footballer promised a reward of £26,000 ($30,000) to whoever found the pet but Foster Washington, the man claiming to have found the dog, is now filing a new lawsuit stating Sturridge still owes him the reward money, as per a report by TMZ Sports.
The report details that Washington says he found Lucci on the street after the burglary in July 2019 before reaching out to Sturridge, expecting the reward in return for finding his dog.
But Washington insists Sturridge has not paid him anything at all, so he’s now suing over claims that Sturridge breached a contract by not living up to the reward offer.
While Police took fingerprints from a broken door, the footballer took matters into his own hands by pleading for help on social media.
The loss of the favourite pet Lucci was what he was most upset about and Sturridge insisted the ‘dognappers’ should come back ‘if they wanted to make money.’
In an angry tirade online, Sturridge said: ‘Listen, somebody’s broken into the house in LA, took my dog from the house. Listen, whoever knows who broke into my crib, I’ll pay you anything.
‘I’m dead serious. I want to know what’s gone on, I want to know why they’ve took my dog, I want to know why they’ve taken bags from upstairs. I want to know what the f*** has gone on, I’m dead serious.
‘How can you break into a house in LA and take somebody’s dog, are you crazy? You’ve come into a house to take a dog?
‘Yo, somebody please find my dog. I will pay anything I’m dead serious, I want my dog back.’
The man who found the dog later called out sturridge for not fulfilling his promise.
By Kingsley U.