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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Inmates help train VetDogs from prison for those on outside

HAGERSTOWN, Md. —Prison seems like an unusual place to find the story of man's best friend, but behind bars is where you'll find inmate John Sexton and America's VetDog, Raven.

The Baltimore Ravens named her. The team sponsors her through a program with America's VetDogs. Sexton teaches her all sorts of skills that will one day help a veteran or first responder.

Raven is learning useful tasks like opening the refrigerator and retrieving items inside, learning wheelchair assistance and shutting the lights on and off.

"They can get the credit cards or the keys if you drop them -- whatever somebody drops -- but I think connection to the veteran is just as important as the task is," Sexton said.



Anonymous said...

Did he say that they're also babe magnets?

Anonymous said...

Great Program !
Mans Best Friend can change Many lives ,
including the Inmates.

Anonymous said...

From all the stories about these inmates at various prisons they really love the dogs and appreciate the vets there is some good in all of us.

Anonymous said...

Unless these guys are Lifer's I don't see how this will prepare them for getting out of prison. Not too many dog training positions available