New program allows inmates to care for shelter dogs | KOB 4

New program allows inmates to care for shelter dogs

November 01, 2018 10:46 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Roswell Correctional Center has partnered with the All Hearts 4 Paws Shelter to help treat inmates.


"We came out to RCC and we met with the warden,” said Viola Babcock, owner of All Hearts 4 Paws Shelter. “He was enthralled with the idea, he thought it was a fantastic idea, 100 percent behind it."

In the program, inmates are responsible for taking care of the dogs.

"It's a good program, helps you deal with stress, it changes your outlook on a lot of things, makes your time go by faster,” said Jerry Marquez.

The inmates feed, train and teach the dogs verbal commands.

But the inmates have rules they have to follow to be part of the program.

"The first rule is the good campsite rule, to leave everything the same, or better than how you found it," said Lieutenant Joshua Carrell.

The other rule is to work hard.

After the dogs go through the program, they will be adopted out.



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