Bandit is Free!


Bandit getting to leave the shelter, Fri, May 31, 2013

From Bandit’s Advocate:

After three long years on death row, on Friday, May 31, 2013, Bandit was allowed to walk out of Animal Care & Regulation in Sacramento County with Sandi York in tow – see VIDEO. Bandit was sent off by the Director and his staff at ACR with cheers, hugs, kisses, tears and a care package. Bandit walked out through the Center’s front doors, padded toward the landscape and smelled the flowers for a bit. It was a sight to behold and an experience I shall cherish and am likely not to forget in this lifetime.

As I drove my way back to the East Bay, there was a sense of serenity in my heart, a feeling of lightness and tranquility that I have never felt before. After making a few victory calls to key people, I enjoyed the silence and total solitude of my car for the 1-1/2 hour drive back home. The effect of yesterday still lingers in my heart–I hope it never leaves. 

Bandit and I have become BFFs and I shall never forget her for as long as I live. Freeing Bandit has changed me in a way I cannot describe. Thank you Bandit for crossing my path and teaching me lessons about patience, persistence, compassion, humility and forgiveness.

It is my hope to continue to update Bandit’s life on this website and perhaps add other causes as time passes. In the coming days, I will publish a chronicle of the past five months, from the time I learned about Bandit’s plight to the moments leading to her release yesterday. I hope it will help others navigate through similar predicaments, a sort of guide of do’s and don’ts in advocating and negotiating, if you will. I will not be revealing the terms of Bandit’s release agreement and not because we don’t think it’s fair, but because both sides agreed to keep it as such.

Thank you for following Bandit’s story and for your support — none of this would have been possible without it. Make sure to click on the ‘News’ tab above to see the recent media coverage on Bandit’s release.


Pat Workman, Bandit’s Advocate


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