WATCH: Runaway dog goes viral after handing himself over to police

Turning up at the front desk of the police station to hand himself in, he was not the usual suspect.

The fugitive did come quietly, though, giving a friendly smile as held out his hands – well, paws.

Chico the one-year-old husky-German shepherd cross wandered into Odessa police station in Texas at 3.30 am after going for a midnight stroll. Sergeant Rusty Martin said: ‘It was as if he decided to pay the kind officers a visit to brighten up their day.’

Chico received plenty of love and attention, he added. ‘We had a tennis ball and threw it in the lobby for a bit. Everyone loved him.’