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The man who found Daniel Sturridge's lost dog in Los Angeles has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the former Liverpool striker.
Back in July 2019, the former England international posted several videos to his Instagram after thieves broke into his Los Angeles apartment while he was away.
In the home robbery, Strurridge's pet dog Lucci - also known as Lucky Lucci - was stolen.
Someone please help. Stolen from West Hollywood last night at 11:30pm.- Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) July 10, 2019
A sizeable reward will be paid. Thanks for your co-operation pic.twitter.com/TC5egwuBfw
Sturridge soon offered a huge reward, believed to be $37,000 [£26,000], to anyone who was able to bring back the Pomeranian worth a reported £4,000.
"Whoever brings my dog back, 20 grand, straight up. Straight up. 20 Gs. 30 Gs, whatever. Bring my dog back," he said. "Bring my dog back to this house, I am moving out of this b**** anyway.
"Bring the dog back to this address. I'll be moving out tomorrow or the next day. I want my dog back and I'll pay whatever, it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter the cost. 20 or 30 grand, bring my dog back.
"You aren't going to get more than that anyway, and if you are, let me know and I'll pay more than them. I want my dog back."
Sturridge went on to post more pictures of the dog, as well as CCTV footage, on social media.
Just 24 hours after Sturridge's public appeal, Twitter user Killa Fame, real name Foster Washington, responded with several pictures and a video claiming to have located Lucci.
Eventually, the pair were reunited but it appears the saga surrounding the lost dog is still ongoing.
Man i got him- KILLA FAME (@KILLAFAME) July 10, 2019
Almost two years after pet dog Lucci was handed over to Sturridge, who is currently a free agent after being released by Turkish side Trabzonspor last year, Washington claims he has yet to receive the reward money.
In fact, according to TMZ Sports, he has filed a lawsuit that states the 31-year-old owes him around £26,000.
Washington claims he found Lucci on the street and after Sturridge offered a reward, he reached out to help. But he claims to not have received a dime of that reward and is now suing the footballer for not living up to the offer.
Soccer Star Daniel Sturridge Sued By Alleged Stolen Dog Hero, I Want My Reward Money! https://t.co/brM6vqwPPd- TMZ (@TMZ) May 25, 2021
Sturridge, meanwhile, posted a picture of Lucci to his Instagram last week. "With my boy Lucci tryna smile through the pain." he wrote. "R.I.P nanny Sturridge.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/DanielSturridge
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