Judge Orders Football Star To Pay Promised $ 30,000 Reward For Returned Dog
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A Los Angeles judge has ordered English football star Daniel Sturridge to pay a Los Angeles man $ 30,000 for returning his missing Pomeranian. Sturridge announced after his home burglary in June 2019 that he would “pay anything” to get his dog back, offering “20 G, 30 G, whatever”. The New York Times reports. Foster Washington, 30, found and returned the dog, court records show, and he filed a lawsuit in March after attempts to claim his reward went unanswered.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Curtis Kin on Tuesday admitted Sturridge had broken his contract and awarded Washington a default judgment for damages.
Washington said he found Pomeranian Lucci on a street corner and brought him home to give to a friend’s children. When he found out that Sturridge was looking for a similar dog, he got in touch and confirmed he had found Lucci. They agreed to meet. “I’m like ‘Hey man, what’s up with the reward?'” Washington told the Time the Saturday. “He said, ‘There is no reward.'”
Sturridge, who signed a roughly $ 20million contract with Liverpool in 2013 but now plays for an Australian team, tweeted a different story on Saturday: “I met a young boy who found my dog and paid him a reward, which he was delighted with as well as I have to get my dog back because it was stolen. “
Washington, a father of three who earns $ 14 an hour as a security guard, said he was called selfish on social media. “I don’t see how I’m a villain in expecting him to honor this award,” he said. “Thirty thousand dollars is a lot of money. For anyone, it’s a life-changing amount of money.” Learn more about the case at The New York Times.
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