Secret Santa saves dog after being hit by car

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:36 pm | Updated: 12:47 pm, Fri Dec 27, 2013.

BRADENTON--- An anonymous Good Samaritan, or in this case, a secret Santa, has given the best gift of all this year to a little dog named, Bandit. The gift of life.

On Christmas night, Bandit, a poodle mix,  was hit by a car on Tamiami Trail in Bradenton. The driver fled the scene and left Bandit in the middle of the road to die. Moments later, another driver stopped her car, put Bandit inside and rushed to the Veterinary Emergency Center in Bradenton.

"He was essentially comatose when he came in. Initially we thought he wasn't going to make it," said Dr. Ilonka Ambros, with the Veterinary Emergency Center.

Bandit is suffering from internal injuries, severe road rash and various cuts and bruises.

Had it not been for the anonymous Good Samaritan, Bandit would have certainly died.

"It was his lucky day," said Ambros. "It really does renew your faith in humanity just a little bit, when you have someone who is willing on Christmas Day, after a long day with family and everything else, to have the kindness and generosity to help a random and stray dog, is really touching."

Bandit does have a microchip, but to make matters even sadder, his previous owner wants nothing to do with the animal.

Bandit's vet bills will cost hundreds of dollars each day. A fund has been set up to help. If you'd like to contribute, visit:

Or, you can contact the Veterinary Emergency Center at (941) 896-9420

In a few days, Bandit will likely need a medical foster parent who can provide medication and watch over him. Following that, he will have a regular foster parent and then, hopefully a forever family.

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  • MyWord posted at 12:21 pm on Sat, Dec 28, 2013.

    MyWord Posts: 1

    God Bless that Secret Santa for saving Bandit's life. She is a true hero. Pool little fella out wandering, most likely looking for food feeling sad and unloved.

    This is what I think should be done. They have the owner's name in the micro chip. He no longer wants anything to do with Bandit. FINE !!! He should be fined for letting his dog out without a leash, putting him in danger, and he should be responsible for the expenses for Bandit's care, plus fined for letting him out without his leash in the first place. It should not be his choice whether he wants Bandit back or not, he should be told he will be charged with cruelty to animals and is denied not only to get Bandit back, but denied any future animal adoption, and his only choice is to pay for Bandit's total care and rehabilitation.

    Thanks to everyone caring for Bandit, and showing him there are kind people out here, and that he will have a forever home soon, and he will be shown all the love he deserves.[love]

  • aconcernedcitizen posted at 3:18 am on Sat, Dec 28, 2013.

    aconcernedcitizen Posts: 1

    Any new news on Bandit?

  • RACEFAN8888 posted at 11:06 am on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    RACEFAN8888 Posts: 2

    it really disgusts me that the owner's are not held accountable and they can just give up their pet. Some people should not have pets.


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