DAWGS in Prison graduates number 324 canines, 320 inmates


Trenton, in the hands of his lead trainer, was adopted to become a companion dog to an injured U.S. Army veteran.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 09:27 AM.

Ricky Mamoran was in search of a companion.

Trenton arrived last week to fit the bill.

Trenton was among the dogs comprising the 31st graduating class of DAWGS in Prison, a program that has over the past four years saved 324 dogs, now living in 17 states, and provided a bit of redemption for 320 inmates at the Gulf Forestry Camp.

“I would recommend that program to anyone,” Mamoran said while talking about Trenton. “It was not a long process at all and very user-friendly.”

Mamoran was not just looking for a dog, but a dog of particular temperament.

An U.S. Army veteran, Mamoran, who lives in Panama City, suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq.

He has dealt with the often debilitating effects that include post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in addition to physical symptoms such as the inability to stand up more than 10 minutes.

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