ST. JOSEPH | A new program at the state prison in St. Joseph will help rescue dogs while also benefiting the inmates who train them.
The “Puppies for Parole” program will allow inmates at the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center to train dogs who have been left at shelters.
Deputy Warden Ryan Crews says the main goal of the program is to prevent the dogs from being euthanized. But he says it also teaches the inmates a skill and a companion.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that about 30 of the 800 eligible offenders have signed up for the program.
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Training began on Monday, with three volunteers showing 10 inmates how to train the dogs. When training is completed on June 7, two dogs will be brought to the prison, with more added later.