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Old 12-08-2009, 09:32 AM
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Default SC inmates training dogs to help the disabled

http://www.thestate.com/breaking/story/1061412.html



SC inmates training dogs to help the disabled



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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Dogs will occupy a portion of a South Carolina prison, but it's for a good cause.
Officials say inmates at the medium-security Kershaw Correctional Institution are training Labrador retrievers how to open doors, pick up laundry and flip light switches.
It's part of a program to train dogs to help people with physical disabilities and children with autism.


Three puppies arrived at the prison in April as part of an agreement between the Department of Corrections and Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services, or PAALS.
Trainers work with inmates to teach the dogs basic cues like "sit" and "stay." The dogs live with inmates during the week and stay with foster families on weekends.
PAALS officials say using inmates to train the dogs allows the organization to serve more people in need.
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Oh how cool. My brother would love that but he isn't at that faciity. I really think they should do more training with the inmates to help them find a different path in life (for the ones that need it) once released.
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This has really been needed for sometime now... There are sooo many things the inmates could be doing to help the community {and themselves} at no charge!
My Husband works at Walden, on the farm, and the police bring abandoned and abused horses out there to be cared for by the inmates. My Husband looks forward to this everyday! He works 7 days a week on the farm, caring for the cows and horses.... This is what keeps him going. He was approved to come to county years ago, but enjoys spending time caring for the animals and being able to be in nature so much, that he prefers to stay there! He's one of the lucky ones I suppose, but he's had to earn that right too, with no write ups for the past 6 yr's... Since he's been in. I'm really proud of what he does out there, and very thankful that he has the opportunity to prove himself... 2 1/2 more years to go, and maybe when he comes home, we can adopt one of the horses that he's cared, so lovingly for!
I hope and pray they apply more programs such as these in the future, for everyones benefit!
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