‘It’s like having a best friend’: Incarcerated individuals train service dogs for veterans at Niagara County Jail

LOCKPORT, N.Y. – A local veteran organization is expanding its service dog training program within county jails and state prisons. Inmates learn how to train the dogs before the animals report for duty with their veteran owner. 

“To me, I say win, win, win,” Sheriff Michael Filicetti said. “It’s a win for our incarcerated population, for the dogs who sometimes aren’t rescued, and for the veterans at the end of the program.”

The Niagara County Jail was the first to partner with ‘Pawsitives for Heroes’, allowing incarcerated people to train service dogs. Chris Kreiger is a veteran himself and says his service dog helped him through dark times, making him want to help others.

Source: wivb.com

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