After his third appearance, Taquito didn't appear in the show again until twenty-one seasons later in the Season 28 episode, "Dogtown", as the main leader of the pack when the dogs of Springfield turn against the town upon learning they've been advocated in a trial against Gil Gunderson. After he digs into the Van Houtens' front yard flowers, Luann tells Kirk to stop him, but he accidentally sprays on Taquito, making him angry. Kirk tells Taquito not to hurt him and that he's exposing his belly, but Taquito keeps getting angry, causing all of the dogs in Springfield to get angry as well. Later, when Bart and Lisa look for Santa's Little Helper, Taquito and the other dogs walk toward the duo in anger, and Lisa points out the alpha, which is Taquito who acts as the dogs' alpha, until Marge arrives and defeats him. He later befriends Gil, intending to eat his corpse when he dies.
- Episode – "Bart's Comet"
- Episode – "Radioactive Man"
- Episode – "22 Short Films About Springfield"
- Episode – "Dogtown"