- Associated Press - Monday, February 16, 2015

MADSION, Wis. (AP) - Dane County Jail inmates are getting the chance to give homeless animals “A New Leash on Life.”

The jail is partnering with the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin for the program, in which inmates will socialize and train dogs to make them more adoptable. They say the program is designed to give both inmates and pets a second chance at success.

A work release center welcomed a boxer mix named Bella last Tuesday. The 2-year-old stray will spend the next several weeks at the center where specially selected inmates will work with her.

Sheriff David Mahoney says Bella is providing a calming effect and already has reduced behavioral issues among inmates.

A professional trainer from the Badger Kennel Club is teaching the selected inmates the dog training skills they need.

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