Bandit, the Rowan County Sheriff Department’s K-9 deputy, made his last public appearance before his retirement at Farmers Christian Academy on Aug. 27.

He brought along his handler, Deputy Baker Hollis, for the school’s drug prevention education week. Hollis talked with children and answered questions. After the presentation, children who wanted to were allowed to pet Bandit.

Bandit, a 10-year-old German Shepherd, and Hollis have worked as a team since January 2013. Bandit’s main roles are to protect people and find drugs.

FCA students made cards for Bandit and presented him with gifts such as dog treats and chew toys. Hollis also took home cupcakes for Bandit in the shape of a dog bone. The students shared a cake which read “FCA says NO to drugs.”

Bandit will live out his retirement years with the Hollis family.

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