“A lot of dogs are getting a bad rap,” said Lora Wood.

Wood is a member of the PAWS-tive Partners Humane Society. She and another member, Josie Lyon, have been heading up the Be Responsi-Bull campaign to educate the community about bully breeds.

Wood believes educating the public will help dispel some of the stereotypes surrounding breeds such as pit bulls and rottweilers and encourage adoption of the dogs.

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Behind the razor-wire fences and the cold stone walls of the state prison at Pine Grove, the unlikeliest of alliances is taking root between eight inmates at the maximum-security lockup and a quartet of puppies.

Day and night, the inmates — some of the state's toughest young offenders — are seldom without the pups at their sides.

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