- Associated Press - Saturday, May 24, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The state is marking 10 years since North Carolina inmates began learning dog training skills and started working with dogs from local animal shelters to make them more adoptable

Since May 2004, when the “New Leash on Life” program launched at Black Mountain Correctional Center for Women, inmates have trained nearly 2,100 dogs with a 92 percent adoption rate for dogs that complete training.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety says the program has grown to 18 prisons and involves partnerships with more than dozens of animal welfare agencies and professional animal trainers.

Inmate trainers work with dogs for up to eight weeks to teach them basic behavior and socialization. The inmates learn their techniques under the guidance of professional dog trainers who volunteer their services to teach the inmates.

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