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Deborah Gates, DelmarvaNow 8:02 p.m. EDT October 8, 2014

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Eastern Correctional Institution inmate and dog trainer Jay Laury demonstrates a carry task with Cubby, a puppy in the America's Vet Dogs program. Inmates completed a year-long training with the future service dogs then said farewell to their first pair of canine graduates.

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Updated: Wednesday, April 16 2014, 07:00 PM EDT

A correctional training center in Hagerstown has become the fourth Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) prison to join a program which involves inmates in the training of service dogs for wounded veterans.

"Inmates who are honorably discharged veterans are always given preference to become raisers, but all candidates must have acceptable behavioral records while they have been incarcerated and first must pass a screening of the prison intelligence department," explained online.

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