Craven Correctional celebrates dog training milestone – WNCT

VANCEBORO, N.C. -

Craven Correctional Institute has a lot to be proud of as it celebrates 10 years of its "New Leash on Life" program. Just in this prison, nearly 220 dogs were given a second chance.

The dogs are selected from local kill shelters and then move in to a North Carolina prison to be paired with their trainer for the next 10 weeks.

Each dog is in the inmate's care from about 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. The inmates feed, train and socialize the dog.

Inmates say this program gives them responsibility and teaches patience. Many of them qualify for a journeyman certification from the state Department of Labor.

"You got a dog that was rejected, thrown away who is now a great companion for a citizen in the community,” said Fay Lassiter.

Lassiter is the Assistant Chief at NC Department of Public Safety. She created this program in 2004.

"Our goal is to have it at as many prison facilities, if not all, as we can. The more prisons facilities, the more communities weren't helping, the more dogs we're helping,” said Lassiter.

After the dogs go through the 10 week program, they go up for adoption. Three of the four dogs that graduated from craven are still up for adoption,

Click here to read about them and learn how you can submit an application to adopt.

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