DAWGS in prison graduates class 30


Each canine in the DAWGS program receives around the clock care from a group of 4-5 inmates.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 09:11 AM.

With more than 317 dogs trained and adopted to good homes, these are anything but dog days for the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society.

The Developing Adoptable Dogs with Good Sociability (DAWGS) in Prison program, based at the Gulf Forestry Camp, graduated its 30th class last week and brought to 17 the number of states the program has placed dogs in “forever” homes.

The dogs are chosen by St. Joseph Bay Humane Society director Melody Townsend and DAWGS program co-director Sandi Christy.

Together Townsend and Christy identify dogs that need some extra work on social skills to keep them from being at risk.

Of the latest class consisting of eight pups, seven were spoken for and one would be sticking around for some additional training.

While one canine was headed to Pennsylvania, the rest would be remaining in Florida.

Walter, a golden retriever was going home with Phillip Ramsey of Panama City.

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