Inmates start dogs in life of service

Trainer and dog at Kansas prison
A trainer rewards a dog after a training session at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.

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HUTCHINSON, Kansas — Some stars of their class attended a graduation ceremony at a most unlikely location Thursday.

The Hutchinson Correctional Facility is where four young dogs and their trainers received graduation certificates.

Inmates teach the pups basic obedience and then the canines go to an organization in Emporia that teaches them to be service dogs.

“We have dogs who are trained to be epileptic seizure notifies, so they will just go and tell people when someone’s having an epileptic seizure,” said Master Sergeant Robbin Hurt, Hutchinson Correctional Facility. “We have dogs who are mobility helpers, they help the people who are in wheelchairs.”

The organization in Emporia also trains some dogs to detect when a person’s blood sugar level is low.

The inmates in Hutchinson will soon get more young dogs to start the training process again. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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