|Lovelock prison program works to rehabilitate abused dogs, help inmates, veterans and first responders|
|By thenevadaindependent.com- Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez|
Dressed in navy blue pants and a denim shirt, his rolled-up sleeves revealing tattoos, an inmate brushed away tears during a prison graduation ceremony on a recent Wednesday morning.
He had spent weeks training a dog within the confines of the Lovelock Correctional Center (LCC). Now, he had to hand it off to new owners. A beagle, a chihuahua, and a husky named Zeus were among 14 rescued dogs from Las Vegas trained by 30 inmates at the Lovelock Correctional Center (LCC) and given to 11 veterans and first responders at the ceremony.
What’s known as the “three P” program — Puppies, Prisoners and Patriots — is a collaboration between the LCC and a non-profit organization based in Las Vegas called Those Left Behind. The purpose of the program is to rehabilitate dogs rescued by the organization from high-kill shelters — sometimes when they’re on the brink of being euthanized — and have inmates, or handlers, train them to become emotional support dogs for veterans and first responders.
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