New River, Mount Olive team up for dogs

Local - 2/24/2014 3:28 PM by Stuart Hammer

FAYETTEVILLE – A Fayette County animal shelter is teaming up with a maximum-security prison to benefit man, and his best friend.

New River Humane Society is starting a prison program for 10 dogs to be trained by Mount Olive Correctional inmates.

Details are still being sorted, but officials expect inmates to teach dogs basic commands in an effort to make them more adoptable.

The dogs would live with inmates in their cells for several months.

New River says this program will help everyone involved.

“We're super excited. This is going to save 10 dog's lives initially, and it's going to be great for the inmates,” says New River volunteer Beth Powers.

“I think it'll be great therapy for both dog and inmate.”

New River is accepting donations for food, toys, and grooming items specifically for this program.

Inmates will name the program and design a logo. Those details will emerge later this week.


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