Daniel Sturridge being sued for ‘not paying man £26k reward for finding dog’
Daniel Sturridge is reportedly being sued by the man who found his stolen dog after allegedly not paying the £26,000 finders fee that was promised.
The former Liverpool and England forward was left heartbroken in 2019 when he revealed his Pomeranian dog Lucci was stolen in a burglary of his Los Angeles house.
Detectives took fingerprints from the broken door of his property to help find the kidnappers, but Sturridge soon took matters into his own hands.
He decided to share details of his address, CCTV footage of the burglars entering his mansion and pictures of his dog, worth an estimated £4,000, on social media.
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Sturridge also revealed that a few bags had been stolen in the burglary, however it was the loss of Lucci which hit him hardest, meaning he offered a £26,000 reward to anyone that returned him home safely.
And the now 31-year-old, who is a free agent after recently plying his trade out in Turkey, is reportedly being sued by a man who claims to have found and returned his beloved pooch.
Foster Washington, the man in question, made the claim in a new lawsuit which has been obtained by TMZ Sports.
In the lawsuit, Washington states that Sturridge owes him the £26,000 reward because he came to the former Premier League star's rescue.
He claims to have found Lucci on the street and, because Sturridge offered the reward, decided to reach out to him.
Washington says he got in touch with Sturridge and returned the dog expecting to receive the cash in return, but he insists the footballer never paid him a penny.
That is why he is filing the lawsuit and claiming Sturridge breached a contract by not paying the finders fee that was promised.
Despite the legal battle, Sturridge is clearly delighted to have Lucci back in his life after the burglary ordeal.
Last week he posted a photo of him with Lucci on Instagram, praising the Pomeranian for helping him through the pain of losing his nan.
Daily Star Sport has approached Sturridge and Washington for a response.
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