Football fan returns to Russia to rescue stray dog he met at World Cup

A football fan who fell in love with a stray dog during the World Cup has returned to Russia to adopt her.

Peruvian Ricardo Lazo initially travelled to Russia to see his national team play Australia in Sochi on June 26.

After watching his side win 2-0, Mr Lazo returned to his hotel, where he noticed a chestnut-coloured dog sitting outside.

Football fan returns to Russia after World Cup to bring home stray dog
Football fan Ricardo Lazo has returned to Russia to adopt a stray dog he spotted at the World Cup (Picture: HTB)
Football fan returns to Russia after World Cup to bring home stray dog
The pup – named Businka – will now live with him and his other dog in Lima (Picture: PovoDog)

He immediately fell in love with her, so decided she needed to come back with him to Lima.

She has since been named Businka in honour of the Russian Sesame Street character.

Mr Lazo could not take Businka back to Peru straight away, because he needed to sort her documents and injections, and so he placed her in a local dog shelter.

Mr Lazo and his new pet have now been reunited in Moscow, and the pair are set to depart for South America in a few days.

According to Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, Mr Lazo plans on starting his own animal shelter in Peru and naming it after Businka.

Football fan returns to Russia after World Cup to bring home stray dog
Businka stayed in a local dog shelter while Mr Lazo sorted out her documentation (Picture: RT)
Football fan returns to Russia after World Cup to bring home stray dog
Mr Lazo plans on starting his own animal shelter in Peru and naming it after Businka (Picture: PovoDog)
Football fan returns to Russia after World Cup to bring home stray dog
The new companions will depart for South America in a few days (Picture: RT)