CR 12: Bandit on the loose in Slapout

CR 12: Bandit on the loose in Slapout

SLAPOUT, AL (WSFA) - "He's been coming here for years," explained First Community Bank employee Audrey Britt.

"This is usually where he hangs out, right out here," added Kailey Garner from The Boys Store.

There's a bandit on the loose in the town of Slapout. Folks see him everywhere, but they're not looking to put this guy behind bars. He's actually a town favorite.

"He doesn't really do much. He's kind of like our mascot," Garner said.

Bandit is an 11-year-old dog. He used to run down the road and follow his owner into town every morning when he was on the way to work. Last year Tony Pugh retired, but Bandit is still on the job.

"He still gets up every morning around 5 a.m. and comes to town," Pugh explained. And why not?  Sure it's about a mile away, but when he gets there, he's like the king of Slapout.

"They all feed him around here," Pugh admitted.  "One day I saw a woman walk into Subway.  She petted him on the way in and then gave him a foot long sandwich on the way out. He didn't know what to do so he ran home with it. Nobody ever gave me a free sandwich."

"He really likes hot dogs" Garner said. Bandit usually starts his day there.

"When we open, he'll bark outside and then I'll give him his hot dog," Garner said.  Then it's off to the bank.

"He comes here for dog biscuits everyday," Britt said.

With all those treats, you'd think ole Bandit would be quite a load.  But he's actually pretty skinny.

"You see he runs everywhere," said owner Tony Pugh. "He don't walk, he runs."

On this day he got a ride home. That's pretty rare, but Bandit made a mid-afternoon appearance just for TV.  He's usually home before it gets too hot and then back out on the road later in the evening.

He's a town Bandit, who is also a well fed, town favorite in the town of Slapout.

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