Inmates Help Train New K9 Dogs

It's may seem like an unusual and ironic pair, prison inmates training potential police dogs. A New Leash on Life is a dog training program that pairs minimum and medium custody inmates at Craven Correctional Institution, with dogs from area shelters. With help from Greenville dog trainer, Drake Parker, the dogs are trained for eight weeks in basic obedience, house training and socialization. Then, the dogs are adopted out to work as police K-9s, seeing-eye dogs, and family pets. Trainers say every dog from each of their past seven classes has been adopted out. Head trainer John Dent's student will work as a police dog. Dent also trained WITN's Doppler Dog, who was adopted by the station after her graduation in April.