New Leash On Life Marks 10-Years

A statewide program meant to help inmates inside of jail and help get dogs a new home, celebrated a 10-year milestone Wednesday.

The anniversary event was held at Pamlico Correctional Institution in Bayboro.

The New Leash on Life program teaches inmates to become dog trainers.

The inmates train dogs that might not be able to be adopted and make them a better pet.

Wednesday, inmates came from different parts of the state to show their skills and show off their dogs.

We talked to one of the inmates who participated in the program and he says he learns great job skills and he hopes when he gets out of prison this will help him get a job.

Tony Johnson says his dog Flojo is the 12th dog he has trained in the program.

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says over 2,000 inmates have been involved in the program and more than 2,100 dogs have graduated.