DAWGS in Prison graduates number 324 canines, 320 inmates

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 09:27 AM.

“But, on the other hand, I can’t stand more than 10 minutes and he had to go out and I told him to hurry. And he just stayed right there close to the door and used the bathroom. He’s been great.”

The only costs borne by Mamoran were for spay-neutering and for Trenton to be tagged with a microchip.

Trenton still could be additionally trained to be alert to and react to the symptoms of Mamoran’s illness, but he has yet to decide, just thankful to receive a trained companion at little cost.

Mamoran and other adopters – one, Angela Thurston, drove from South Florida to adopt a dog for her family of six children – are but one of the key components of the DAWGS program.

The other are the inmates, who apply to participate in the program, are carefully screened and advance from caretaker to trainer to lead trainer once accepted.

Several have gone on to use the skills used in DAWGS to work with animals on the outside or simply become more productive members of society.

Tommy Howard was one inmate interviewed by this reporter over the past four years who became one of the top trainers in the program.

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