California inmates making shelter dogs more adoptable

California inmates making shelter dogs more adoptable

CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (AP) – California inmates say a new prison program rehabbing shelter dogs is helping them, too.

The Merced Sun-Star reported Saturday on the new dog-training program at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla.

Prison officers launched the program in July with the Madera County animal shelter. Ten inmates work with the shelter dogs for 10 weeks, with the idea of making the animals more adoptable.

Inmate Leobardo Campos told the newspaper that the responsibility of working with a Jack Russell terrier named Rosie has changed his life. Valley State Lt. Tony Martinez says the inmates did a terrific job training the dogs.

Prison workers have adopted about half of the first class of dogs in the prison training program.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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