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Shelter dog finds perfect match after being adopted and returned 3 times

Posted at 8:05 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 09:05:48-05

A dog with special needs has found a forever family in Georgia after he was returned three times.

Bandit has been in the Gwinnett Jail Dog Program for over five years. He’s been returned three times because his condition makes it too tough on some new owners to handle.

But now, he has a perfect match.

"When you look at bandit, if he was human, he's me," Darrell Rider said.

Darrell Rider has been paralyzed from his waist down since birth. He says it's that special connection he has with the 10 to 12-year-old dog that makes this adoption so special.

"Going through what I went through growing up, life wasn't easy but you just gotta continue going forward. The things I read about Bandit, the videos we saw, he kind of had the same mindset that I had," Darrell said.

They say they've been thinking about this for along time... Debating whether they could handle bandit's special needs.

"This is something that would motivate Darrell and it would help Bandit to know he's not alone out there," Sue Rider said.

For years, Bandit’s been living with and trained by a series of inmates. His most recent handler has been Brandon Tredo.

"As soon as I found out he's being adopted, I've been trying to love him more. Just that's my friend," Tredo said.