Dogs in need receive training from inmates

ALBANY, N.Y. — Can dogs without a home change the future of a select few Albany County inmates, while finding permanent, loving homes for themselves?

It's an experiment the Albany County Sheriff believes can work.

“The recidivism rate in Albany County is really sky high and we are trying a lot of different programs to keep them from coming back,” said Sheriff Craig Apple.

Apple says this new experiment pairs select inmates with dogs from the Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society. The dogs chosen are adult dogs that are seen as friendly and potentially adoptable, but have never had any training.

Once they are transferred over to the jail, the dogs live with the inmates 24-7, and the inmates learn from volunteer trainers how to help socialize the dogs, with the hopes that they will end up in a loving forever home.

“It's much more attractive to people to have that kind of dog come into their home,” said Brad Shear of the Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society. “One that will listen to them at the beginning. I think in every way this is a win-win situation.” 

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