Pets for Prisoners Program Heads to Indiana

Correctional facility will allow inmates to take care of dogs.

Some Indiana prisoners will be getting foster dogs as part of a program that allows inmates to take care of animals that might have otherwise been euthanized.

Its part of a pet-prison partnership program called Second Chance At Life that began in Ohio five years ago by people who save Greyhounds and rehabilitate inmates.

Four Greyhounds moved to their new foster home at the medium-security Pendleton Correctional Facility in Pendleton, Ind., on June 22.

The program pairs up offenders with retired racing Greyhounds from Florida. The dogs live in their handlers cells. The dogs will spend eight to 10 weeks living with prisoners so that they can become accustomed to living with people. After their stay in prison, the dogs will be made available for adoption.

There are plans for the Second Chance at Life program to also be instituted at three other Indiana prisons, and then the dogs will eventually go up for adoption.

For more information, visit the National Greyhound Association website.

Posted: June 24, 2006, 5 a.m. EST


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