Health Notes: Duluth prison inmates training dogs to help people with disabilitiesInmates at the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth have been enlisted to help train dogs that will assist people with physical disabilities and diabetes.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Inmates at the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth have been enlisted to help train dogs that will assist people with physical disabilities and diabetes.
The so-called Prison Road Puppies program is sponsored by Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs, a nonprofit based in Savage, Minn. The organization initially will teach 16 inmates how to train dogs for service work and provide six dogs for training, it said in a news release. Each dog will spend 18 to 24 months working with a dedicated primary trainer and a handler at the prison.
The program in Duluth is modeled after a similar partnership with the Federal Correction Institution in Sandstone.
The nonprofit has several dogs nearly ready to be placed with people seeking assistance dogs or Diabetic Alert Dogs. More information is available online at www.pawpads.org/page33apply.html.