'Paws on Parole' Pups On Display Saturday
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A dog - abandoned and abused - is getting a new lease on life thanks to some hard work and a little TLC.
Paws on Parole is now in its 35th academy. These are dogs that might never get a second look at a shelter, but as members of the program they're on a fast track to a new life.
For one named Journey, this program is nowhere near the most challenging thing she's ever done.
"Journey was about as far gone as a dog could possibly be with any hope of coming back," says her trainer, inmate Marcus Henry.
A 5 pound imbedded chain was wrapped around the bulldog whe she found as a stray. Part of the chain was intentionally pierced through her neck and had to be sugically removed.
"We had to use cutters to remove the chain and had to cut it out of her neck," Animal Services Investigator Jessica Lauginiger says, "It was shocking to see that somebody would do something like that."
After surgery, Journey was selected to become part of the Paws on Parole program. For 8 weeks the dogs are socialized and trained by inmates at the Department of Corrections Gainesville Work Camp. More than 200 dogs have come through the program which has an astonishing 100% adoption rate.
You can see Journey and her classmates at Earth Pets Organic in Gainesville, 404 NW 10 Avenue, on Saturday August 30th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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