A new program may come to the inmates and homeless dogs of Jamesville, N.Y. On Monday, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney proposed a new program to save stray dogs and help in the rehabilitation of inmates by caring and training strays and abandoned dogs who might otherwise be euthanized because of overpopulation and or overlooked for adoption from lack of training.
According to the Syracuse.com, dogs with moderate behavioral problems such as house training and simple commands could become the projects of inmates and while finding something constructive and enjoyable to do, both prisoners and dogs would benefit.
Inmates at the Onondaga County Correctional Facility have sentences of less than one year.
The dogs would come from the DeWitt Animal Hospital located in Syracuse who are forced to euthanize abandoned and stray dogs because of overpopulation. The new program would take in between 20 and 25 dogs, and then volunteers would work on getting the dogs adopted.
The proposed facility is estimated to cost $350,000; construction could begin as early as Spring.
Similar programs have been successful at other correctional facilities.
"I can't imagine how a program like this couldn't be a win, win, win for the dogs and the inmates," stated Marissa Conroy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "All of my dogs came from rescues, and it sure would have been great if the dogs had some basic training before I got them; then again I may have adopted more, but the inmates get to build their own self-confidence at the same time, knowing that their work has most likely saved a life. Great idea Ms. Mahoney. I wish other counties would think out of the box like you too."
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