Jail Dogs And Inmates Bond

Jail Dog and inmate playing, Photo Credit:

Elisabeth Torres, Global Animal

Jail dogs in 1C, is a feature-length documentary and web series about the Jail Dogs Program at the Gwinnett Detention Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Operation Second Chance, or Jail Dogs, started 2 years ago as a small partnership between the Gwinnet County Sheriff’s Department and The Society of Humane Friends of Georgia. The program takes dogs rescued from the euthanasia line and places them with inmates who train and care for the dogs until they are adopted. 

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Trainers visit with the dogs and inmates 3 times a week to teach the inmates how to properly train the dogs. Vets, groomers, and other animal welfare professionals visit 1C on a regular basis to care for the dogs and educate the inmates on different issues surrounding pet care. The Sheriff and staff supervise the unit and welcome potential adopters. The program has run for 2 years now and houses as many as 15 dogs at one time.

Not only does this program give the dogs a second chance at life, but the inmates as well. To them it is “a little bit of light in a bunch of darkness,” something that gives them a chance to experience the unconditional love animals have to offer, and to make a positive difference in a dog’s life.  Watch the touching video below to see some of these inmates at work with the dogs.


More On Inmate And Dog Programs: 

A Second Chance For Dogs And Prisoners

Inmates Teach Deaf Dog Sign Language

Good Dogs Matched With Bad Boys

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5 Responses to Jail Dogs And Inmates Bond

  1. I love this idea and always have. Dogs bring out the human side in troubled people. <3

  2. Peaceriver8 March 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Thank so much Elisabeth for writing this article.


    Amy J.

  3. Joan Gamelli on Facebook March 21, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    Great,should be at all rehab prisons!!

  4. Lindsay Myers on Facebook March 21, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    I love this. Animals bring out the best in people (most people) & these dog & inmates need & benefit from each other. No down side to this program.

  5. Tiffany Premo on Facebook March 21, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    My dog, Jack, is from a prison program.