Viktor Rassadin said Pers the poodle ran away from his trainer with the St. Petersburg-based circus before a performance this week in the city of Cheboksary, RIA Novosti reported Friday.
"He must have sensed a female dog nearby and got to chasing it. He's male, after all," Rassadin said.
Rassadin said the circus will seek a replacement for Pers if he is not found by next week.
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