Oklahoma inmate dog-training program breaks ground

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials have broken ground on a new dog kennel for the state’s prison inmate dog-training program.

The kennel at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center is expected to be finished next spring. It will offer female offenders who participate in the program a place to house and care for the dogs they train, as well as space for parenting and reading classes.

The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/1Er9g3x ) Mabel Bassett became the second site in the state to institute an inmate dog training program in January. A men’s prison, the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, has had a similar program for years. Inmates in that program have a kennel and obstacle course for their dogs.

Offenders are allowed to prepare canines for life as companion animals for the elderly in the program.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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