Saturday Night Live joke mocks woman who offered beer, smokes for lost dog

Saturday Night Live thinks Dayton should rename itself Dirtbag, Ohio.

That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from one of the punchlines delivered during Saturday night’s “Weekend Update” segment.

Anchor Cecily Strong takes the opportunity to slam what she and the show’s other writers apparently see as just another backwards Midwestern town after discussing Abigail Miller’s story.

As we told you last week, Miller, a 23-year-old Submarine House employee, was reunited with her dog Zoro after posting a flier in the Wayne Avenue Kroger offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes in return for the dog who she adopted three years ago from an animal shelter.

Read: Case of beer and cigarettes offered for return of Dayton dog

Explaining the offbeat reward, Miller said it was something she could afford and something that would get attention to return her beloved dog.

Ten days after the microchipped husky went missing, a customer contacted Miller and told her he saw people walking the dog and where he thought Zoro could be found.

Miller retrieved her pooch last Sunday.

The man who called Miller did not accept the reward, a fact that apparently didn’t fit into Strong’s joke.

“A woman in Ohio who had lost her dog got him back after she posted fliers offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes as a reward,” Strong said on the show. “That was all the reward that was needed in the little town of Dirtbag, Ohio.”

How very unclever. Sadly that was the best SNL could do.

Click here to watch the clip on Saturday Night Live’s site. The joke starts at about 8 minutes.

Miller’s unusual story was retold in several publications including the New York Daily News, Huffington Post, the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom.

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