In case you missed it, the Inquirer recently ran a riveting six-part series on a Philadelphia prisons program that matches inmates with, shall we say, behaviorally-challenged dogs. New Leash on Life - like other prison dog training programs throughout Pennsylvania, is a second chance for inmates to turn their lives around and often the last chance for many difficult dogs on death row at Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT), the city's public shelter.
The author, my colleague Melissa Dribben, spent hundreds of hours visiting the prison and interviewing inmates, prison staff attorneys, dog trainers, social workers and the families who adopted the dogs.
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