FORMER England and Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge is reportedly being sued by the man who found his stolen dog.
The footie ace revealed his heartache in 2019 with a series of Instagram videos from his Los Angeles house which was burgled.
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Detectives had arrived at the property to gather evidence in the hunt for the kidnappers.
They took fingerprints from the broken door but Sturridge himself took matters into his own hands.
He shared his address, CCTV footage of the kidnappers entering the mansion as well as pictures of his dog, named Lucci, which is worth up to £4,000.
He also revealed that a few bags had been stolen by the burglars.
But the loss of the favourite pet was what hit him hardest and he pleaded with the dognappers to come back "if they wanted to make money".
The now 31-year-old, currently a free agent after a spell playing in Turkey, then promised a £26k finders fee.
Foster Washington, the man who claims to have found and returned Lucci, alleges the ex-Premier League striker has still not paid him his reward.
He made the claim in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ Sports, which states Sturridge owes him the money, which was reported to be around £26,000.
Washington says he found Lucci on the street and because Sturridge offered a reward, he reached out to the former Chelsea and Manchester City man.
In the suit, he claims he contacted and then returned the dog expecting to receive the cash in return.
But he says Sturridge never paid him a penny – and that is why he is now suing him and claiming the forward breached a contract by not living up to the reward offer.
However the legal fight turns out, it is certainly clear that Sturridge is over the moon to have Lucci back in his life after the scare.
He shared a snap of him holding his beloved pet on Instagram last week as he praised the pup for helping him through the pain of losing his ‘Nanny’ Sturridge.
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