FOOTBALLER Daniel Sturridge has been pictured reunited with his “kidnapped” dog Lucky Luccie after he allegedly refused to pay the promised £30k finders fee.
The Liverpool striker was seen carrying his beloved Pomeranian outside his £1m mansion in Los Angeles.
Sturridge outside his LA mansion with his dog Lucky Luccie[/caption]
The Liverpool front-man was reunited with the pooch this week after the animal went missing following a raid on his home[/caption]
The England striker cradles the little hound as he leaves his home in California[/caption]
This comes after Sturridge was blasted by the rapper who claims he found the adorable mutt for only giving him £320.
LA cops said the dog had been found safe and well after people contacted the footy ace and he identified it as his.
Twitter user Killa Fame, who described himself as a “Los Angeles trap music artist”, posted a video along with a series of pictures of a similar-looking dog.
He tweeted Sturridge directly, asking “Is this Lucci?” and telling the athlete “Man I got him” in response to one of his desperate social media pleas.
After handing the dog back, he tweeted: Found @DanielSturridge dog Lucci by me and my nephew… no sizable reward .. so dishonest lies.”
He then accused Sturridge of not paying up because the dog was found by a “black man”.
Sturridge did not publicly reply to the tweets, although in a tweet of his own just hours earlier he urged anyone with information to contact him with a private message on Instagram.
Daniel Sturridge promised to pay £30k to have his kidnapped dog back[/caption]
It comes after Sturridge posted an emotional Instagram video announcing that the dog had been found.
He said: “Good morning everyone. Just want to say we’re waking up to good news that Lucci has officially been brought home. Myself and a few friends went to south LA last night to pick him up.
“We were told by somebody in La basically that they had him, they were in south LA on the east side so we drove down there at about 11:30pm last night and picked him up.
“Absolutely delighted. Can’t believe it. Just want to say a big thank you to everyone on social media who supported us and raised awareness to the case of what was going on and I’m so thankful to all of the fans around the world, all the influencers, celebrates, general people and media.”
Killa Fame, who lives in an Isuzu Trooper, told The Sun last night his nephew had found the dog on the street.
He claimed the ex-England striker did not even say thanks when he picked him up. He added: “He spent less than five minutes here. He earns thousands per week – yet he only gave a homeless family $400.”
Sun Online has contacted Sturridge’s representatives for comment.
The footie star revealed his heartache this week with a series of Instagram videos from his Los Angeles house which was burgled.
Detectives arrived at the property on Tuesday afternoon as they started gathering evidence in the hunt for the kidnappers.
They took fingerprints from the broken door but Sturridge himself has taken matters into his own hands.
He shared his address, CCTV footage of the kidnappers entering the mansion as well as pictures of his dog, which is worth up to £4,000. The striker 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”.
Most read in news
LINE OF DUTY
UK's deadliest drug gangs rape users who rack up debt, reveals undercover cop
Tommy Robinson thugs attack BBC crew & hurl smokebombs as EDL founder jailed
‘SHE JUST FELL'
Cruise family admit grandad left toddler to fall to death from window rail
M25 closed for EIGHT HOURS as pile-up leaves 26-mile queues
500 descend on UK's biggest naturist event for firewalking, silent disco and yoga
HAIL ON EARTH
7 people killed including boy, 2, and '140 injured' as storms hit Greece
He said: “£20,000 straight up. Twenty g’s, thirty g’s, whatever.
“Bring my dog back to this house, I’m moving out of this b**** anyway, I don’t give a s*** about this place.
“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.
“You ain’t going to get more than that anyway. And if you are let me know and I’ll pay more than them. I’ll pay more than them.”
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 782 4368 . You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.