After a day on the lam, Boogie Butts of Evansville, Ind., was apprehended Saturday after he sneaked onto a half-marathon course and led authorities on a 13-mile chase among 2,000 race participants. However, in an interesting twist, Butts was awarded with a medal for finishing the race after he was released to his family on Monday.
On Saturday morning, he turned up at an Evansville gas station that was also serving as the starting line for the Evansville Half-Marathon. When the runners took off, Boogie ran with them, and he eventually completed the race in 2 hours 15 minutes, ahead of 1,128 of the race’s registered participants, according to the Courier-Press.
After the race, the Evansville Police Department sent out a news release looking for Boogie’s owner, but Jerry Butts never saw it and wasn’t aware of his pup’s escapades until he went to Animal Control looking for him.
"I could hear him barking soon as I got out the car," Butts told the paper. "Right then, [a woman at Animal Control] said, ‘Your dog is an Internet celebrity, and you’re going to have to have proof it’s yours.’”
On Monday, Boogie received a participation medal from Kim Arney, with whom he ran the final three miles of the race. Unfortunately, the dog, who has now escaped four times, also received another less-desirable surprise — a trip to the vet to be neutered.
"He’s going to lose part of his manhood here," Jerry Butts said. "That was part of the deal, and now he’s got an identification chip, too."