jail dogs rock

would have liked to have seen more about the move on Pit Bulls and Parolees but was very happy to learn about the jail dogs program in Georgia. Now why aren’t there more programs like this across the country, in all the jails????

With the support of Tia Torres, perhaps she will go national with this type of program that could save the lives of Pit Bulls, in particular, all across this country… Takes the whole idea of Pit Bulls and Parolees to a whole new level… Step it up !!!!

This program is designed to save the lives of dogs destined for death in our local shelter. Once here, the dogs reside with the inmates chosen to work with them and those inmates will train them in basic obedience. The inmates will also learn to groom and care for the animals. Not only is the dog getting a second chance, but the inmates are learning valuable social and vocational skills that will help them become more productive citizens once they are released from jail. Hopefully, those inmates involved in the program will not return to jail again once they are released.

The program is at no cost to the taxpayers of Gwinnett County. The care, food, training and vet services for the dogs are all being provided through volunteers and the Society of Humane Friends.


It would seem to be a great place for the No Kill Coalition to save dogs lives, working with the jails… come on animal advocates, Patrick movement folks, how about instigating, activating programs like this across the country?

go like their Facebook page…


the emaciated dog, Brauny Brooks, that looked like Patrick did last year is now thriving…


Filed under adoption, dogs, pet adoption, pet rescue organizations, pit bull, prison dog program, Uncategorized

5 responses to “jail dogs rock

  1. Jean Styron

    What a WONDERFUL idea North Carolina should do this too. I have a sweet sweet pit bull and they are wonderful dogs deserving of a place with the other so called better breeds

    • Heather

      North Carolina has a program similar to this in 16 of their correctional facilities. It is called a New Leash on Life.

  2. Amy

    Greetings. Thanks for your write up about the Jail Dogs. I am producing the Jail Dogs documentary series to help save more dogs from death row.
    You can check out more of Brauny’s amazing healing journey here http://www.karmalizedpictures.com/sweet-brawny-brooks.html


    Amy J.

  3. Got it in Maricopa County, Arizona thanks to Sheriff Joe: http://www.mcso.org/Mash/Default.aspx
    Maricopa Animal Save Haven (MASH)

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s no-kill animal shelter, MASH, was created to house and care for animals that have been abused or neglected by their caretakers and rescued by the Animal Crimes Investigations Unit. The purpose of the shelter is to provide a safe, healthy and healing shelter for these tragic animals, who must necessarily await the outcome of their owners’ cruelty cases in court. Hopefully, their ultimate outcome will be adoption into loving, permanent homes.

    The first shelter opened by Sheriff Arpaio is in the First Avenue Jail, located at First Avenue and Madison Street, Phoenix, Arizona. This 30-year-old jail previously held inmates, but was closed for repairs to plumbing in December 1999. Though no longer suitable for housing inmates, the jail looks like paradise to the four-footed victims now housed and recovering there.

    The MASH location in the First Avenue Jail is air-conditioned, and the cells have been reconditioned to comfortably house animals. Some critics have said that it’s inhumane to put dogs and cats in air-conditioned quarters when inmates don’t have air conditioning. A good answer came from one of the inmates assigned to care for the dogs. When asked if she was resentful about not having air conditioning, she gestured to some of the dogs and said, “They didn’t do anything wrong. I did.”

  4. Jennifer

    I have seen dogs in several different states for adoption on Petfinder that have been or are in a prison training program. I do not think these programs are well publicized! The dogs are not always pit bulls. I just looked and Ohio supposedly has 31 participating facilities as of 8/31/11. One would have to look under the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections in each state to get the information.

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