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New program in Ontario County helps adopt animals, give inmates life skills

Sheriff Henderson says the Jail and Tails program is a good one for all parties involved.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Ontario County Humane Society to help dogs and inmates at the Ontario County Jail gain important life skills.

In the most-recent example of the program, an 8-month-old Border Collie named ‘Rosie’ is living in a jail pod housing area for six weeks with a vetted inmate.

Sheriff Henderson says inmates are vetted for the program before the dog arrives. “Rosie will live in the jail POD housing area for a period of six weeks, where she will learn obedience, socialization and other skills,” Henderson said in a press release. “Once the six week program is completed, she will return to the Humane Society and will be put up for adoption. Another dog will be selected to replace her and will go through the same process.”

The goal of the Jail and T.A.I.L.S program is to help a dog become adoptable through behavior correction and training. It also teaches inmates skills in animal training, animal handling, animal grooming and general animal care.

Inmates get life skills and can which be utilized upon release from custody in a veterinarian tech setting or as a volunteer for animal care.

“Rosie has been with us now for several weeks and she has already made an impact on the program,” Henderson added.


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