- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A program in Florida teaches inmates how to rehabilitate dogs with behavioral issues for a chance at adoption.

The Florida Times-Union (https://bit.ly/1MjPNYp ) reports the program, Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills, has placed about 200 healthy dogs with behavioral issues in correctional facilities to be rehabilitated.

Each dog is assigned two inmates who have been trained to care for and teach dogs obedience skills. The dogs live and train with the inmates for eight weeks to become more adoptable.

TAILS was established by First Coast No More Homeless Pets and was recently taken over by the Pit Sisters animal-rescue organization.

Pit Sisters says it runs the program at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office’s Montgomery center and plans to resume TAILS at state correctional facilities in Baker County and Lawtey.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com

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