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An adopted puppy was reunited with its owner after he made an appearance during a televised Chilean Premier League clash between Fernandez Vial and Universidad de Concepcion.
Matias Gayozo, from Penco – the third oldest city in Chile – had almost lost hope of finding Toby the Beagle after he went missing two weeks ago.
It was a devastating time for the family but in a heartwarming moment, animal group Huellitas de Collao contacted him to say Toby had finally been found. But where?
Well, in the 20th minute of Saturday's league clash between Fernandez Vial and Universidad de Concepcion, the energetic Beagle made its way onto the Estadio Ester Roa pitch.
A number of players tried to stop Toby from causing havoc but after several failed attempts, the dog casually made its way to the 12 yard area, where it decided to defecate on the goal line.
Universidad de Concepcion goalkeeper Manuel García was then given the glamorous task of cleaning up the mess with a trusty poo bag. And before you ask, yes, he did take his glove off.
Un perrito entró en el partido entre Fernández Vial y Universidad de Concepción y le dejó un regalito al portero del Campanil 😅💩— RedGol (@redgol) August 13, 2022
Chilean Premier League, damas y caballeros 🐶⚽🇨🇱 pic.twitter.com/mYG3KrPkvE
Eventually, after several minutes of mayhem, the young pup was caught.
Instagram account Huellitas de Collao – a page dedicated to finding lost dogs in the local area – soon reached out to Toby's owners to give them the good news.
It turns out the dog lived 12 miles away from the 35,000 capacity stadium in Concepcion... now that's a story to tell the grandkids.
Matias spoke to the local media after Toby was found. "The puppy likes to run, as seen on television," he said via Chilean publication Sabes. "But one day he disappeared from us. We couldn't find it.
"Yesterday I saw a publication that came out on TV. I recognized him by his tail, while he made us laugh as he ran and dodged, plus the “little gift” from him, because he also does that where we live.
“We were very happy to find him and bring him back to Villa Montahue. He is already at home, warm, without going through all the cold that we imagine happened in the street."