A man and his lifesaver

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:20 AM.

Her owner was arrested and charged with abuse and neglect.

Over a period of months, Mandy was nursed back to health, gaining some weight, able to stand and walk for progressively longer periods of time.

“Initially she would not make eye contact and her trainers in Class 24 could not get her to do a sit. She was afraid of almost everything,” Christy said.

“The DAWGS program has a proud tradition of saving shelter dogs. We are especially proud of the job we do with dogs who have been severely neglected or abused.”

Mandy’s training team, using the skills of discipline, caring for another being, passion for the task learned in the program by the inmates, saved Mandy.

“These men have saved her life and helped her to be a confident dog who performs many of her commands. She even learned about Christmas,” Christy said. “And, Mandy will stay in class 25 to keep working on her confidence and until her forever home is found.

“Not all our dogs go on to advanced training, but we believe most of our dogs have the intelligence and temperament to succeed in many endeavors. Recently we learned that Ryan, from class five, is not only a certified therapy dog, he also was asked to assist with the Newtown, CT tragedy.”

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