Paws On Parole Program Expands
ALACHUA COUNTY- Some furry friends are being put in the Alachua County jail to work on their behavior.
The Sheriff's Office and animal services will be expanding their "Paws on Parole" program... an eight week program that gives basic training to dogs by inmates.
Starting in February, female inmates will train dogs to become obedient companions in hopes that the dogs will be adopted out to families. This new addition was launched after the sheriff's office received a grant of more than $42 thousand dollars.
Partners for the program say it will not only help these homeless pets but encourage good behavior among inmates. Coordinator Hilary Hynes said, "The women don't really have a lot of job functions while they're here. This is a fantastic way where they can learn about caring for someone other than themselves. they're caring for a four legged friend."
Sheriff Sadie Darnell added, "Once they're released, they're more caring. They're more patient. They're more responsible, and so there's some added human traits, positive human traits that some inmates take way from this program."
The program has had a 100 percent success rate so far.
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