ADDISON (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead is breathing easy after a tense night of wondering if he would get his dog back.
Lucky Whitehead’s pit bull puppy named ‘Blitz’ was taken from his home, along with some shoes and bags, while he was away in Florida last week.
Early Tuesday morning, Whitehead apparently got his dog back.
Whitehead sent a text to The Fan’s Mike Fisher at 2:46 a.m. saying, “Blitz is home safe!”
A video posted on Twitter by rapper Boogotti Kasino shows someone handing over the dog. The rapper called the situation a misunderstanding.
The drama unfolded when Whitehead started getting phone calls demanding he “cut a check” if he wanted to get Blitz back alive, but he refused to pay the $10,000 ransom without first getting proof that the dog was okay.
The 25-year-old Whitehead tried to get detectives on the case, but they were unable to trace the dognappers’ phones. Whitehead says he suspects the heist was “an inside job” and plans to talk to some people close to him. “I think it’s pretty low, whoever the person was,” Whitehead said.
But for now, Whitehead is just happy to have Blitz back home. “Great to have him back,” the NFL player said. Whitehead got the 16-month-old dog nine weeks ago and has created an Instagram account for the pup, including photos of him in superhero costumes and a Cowboys shirt.
Whitehead said that he has no ill will for the man who posted the threatening videos online. Kasino claimed that his video was promotional. “For himself,” Whitehead explained. “He says it was promotional, says he wasn’t trying to cause trouble. I guess he did end up paying for the dog, from someone else.”
Kasino has offered to help Whitehead track down the person who sold the dog, hoping that it will lead to the person who stole Blitz in the first place.