Two Michigan Humane Society Dogs Sent To Prison

Two dogs from the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) are headed to jail to serve a three month “sentence,” but not for breaking any laws! As part of MHS’ new partnership with Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan (RPSM), dogs from MHS will enter into the RPSM Correctional Companion Program, a three-month training program at the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Mich. to help prepare them for adoption into a good home.

Penelope at the vet

“The problems facing pets — overpopulation, homelessness and abuse — are too large for any one organization to solve on their own,” said CJ Bentley, Senior Director of Operations for the Michigan Humane Society. “This partnership will help dogs who need a bit more time and socialization to find the loving homes they deserve, while providing positive enrichment for inmates who care for the dogs.”

Dogs who enter the Correctional Companion Program are assigned to specially trained inmates responsible for their training and day-to-day care. Utilizing positive reinforcement training, the dogs are taught proper manners and behavior while being provided with plenty of socialization time. Upon completing the program, the dogs receive a canine good citizen certificate and are made available for adoption into loving homes.

Penelope today

The program is already working wonders for two of MHS’ adoptable dogs. Penelope, a year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix, was found wandering the streets of Detroit, skittish and scared, starving and covered with mange. After weeks of care at the MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care, and additional time with RPSM, Penelope this week entered the Correctional Companion Program along with Bradley, a two-year-old Labrador with a wonderful temperament, but whose activity level and behavior difficulties made him a good candidate for the program. The two are expected to go up for adoption upon completing the program.

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Courtesy of the Humane Society.

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