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Dog Training in Los Angeles County Jail

The video report below describes the very successful Custody Canine Program that has been running in the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail since August 2012. This unique program pairs dogs that have been rescued with prison inmates. The inmates then train the dogs in order to prepare them to be adopted. The dogs live together with the inmates during the training period, which lasts 3-5 weeks.

The dogs are cared for and worked by the inmates throughout the entire day. While the program is a boon for the dogs – training them to be more adoptable instead of being put to sleep – many of the inmates in the program feel that they are gaining a lot more from the training than the dogs are.

Prison officials are also very happy with the program, claiming that the inmates in the program are less likely to cause problems in the prison. Based on this success, they are considering expanding the program to additional L.A. County jail facilities.

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