Valladolid, Yucatán — A friendly dog that found herself on the wrong end of a running shoe has been found.
In a video that went viral last Sunday, a stray black dog who was underfoot during a road race here got kicked by an irritated runner near the finish line.
The action was widely circulated — and widely condemned on a national level. The mortified runner later apologized in his own online video.
Meanwhile, the dog’s whereabouts had become a mystery.
Now she is safe and sound, said José Guadalupe Monroy Pérez, of the Public Security Directorate, who recognized her and led her to shelter.
The dog, a mixed-breed female about a year old, was fed and bathed and is being tested for internal injuries, said veterinarian Luís Felipe Álvarez Alcocer, owner of a veterinary hospital.
The runner, a local man, posted his own video later that day.
“I apologize for the wrongful act I committed this morning against a helpless living being that did not deserve what I did to him. I unfortunately acted without thinking, I apologize wholeheartedly and I am very sorry. I am also looking for the puppy to take charge of any damage that was caused,” said the runner.
Officials have not decided whether to charge the runner with cruelty or abuse.