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Canine Corrections Academy program helps dogs and inmates

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ROCK COUNTY (WKOW) -- Dogs considered unadoptable are getting a second chance through the Canine Corrections Academy program.

"We've got a program set up that will be successful for inmates, successful for the jail and especially successful for the pets," Brett Frazier, with the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, said.

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin and the Rock County Sheriff's Office have established a first-of-its-kind program in Wisconsin. The Canine Corrections Academy program pairs unadoptable dogs with inmates who will work with and train them to be adoptable pets.

"To our knowledge, this is the first program of type where its benefiting the inmate training them and also benefiting the dog," Sauk County Sheriff Robert Spoden said.

The program officially launched Tuesday, but already officials say it's a win-win for everyone involved.

"24 hours into Duke being at the jail, you can tell an improvement," Frazier said. "He's becoming a more confident dog, a better-trained dog. And you can see an improvement with the inmates, too."

"It's been awesome," Ryan Lambert, an inmate in the program, said. "He's a great dog. He has an awesome temperament for the environment we're in."

The dogs are matched to a Rock County Education and Criminal Addiction Program inmate that must request to be considered for the canine program.

"We'll hope that the dogs go through it in a matter of maybe four to eight weeks, but if it takes a little bit longer then it takes a little bit longer," Frazier said. "We see this truly, though, as a program that will save lives."

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