Daniel Sturridge’s dog has been returned safe and sound after the footballer’s emotional plea to the dognappers.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker had his Los Angeles home broken into, with his beloved dog, Lucci, grabbed from the house.
Sturridge took to social media to rally a storm of publicity for his missing dog, offering a £30,000 reward for whoever returned his beloved companion.
The 29-year-old even went on American TV to conduct interviews and issue further pleas.
Sturridge was contacted by people who believed they had his dog and was able to confirm his pet’s identity.
The LA Police Department told American media they were not involved in the retrieval of Sturridge’s dog and the people who returned Lucci were not believed to be involved in the original theft.
Is it a duck…or a dog? The Newfoundland breed has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was originally bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of drowning.
It is not clear if Sturridge has paid out a reward. The thieves broke through a glass door in Sturridge’s house and took other items, including some bags, from his house.