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Two DPSCS Prisons in the Groundbreaking America's VetDog Program Get Their Second Sets of Puppies

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(January 31, 2013) - The first state prisons in the country with incarcerated veterans training service puppies for wounded U.S. service people got some new residents this week.

Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown (MCI-H) welcomed Black Labradors Larry and Annie and Yellow Labs Ryan, Sunny, and Delta. Western Correctional Institution (WCI) in Cumberland also got three new pups: Black Labs Lee and Bravo and Yellow Lab Casey.

The dogs came from the America's VetDogs program. They'll be trained by inmates for about a year, then will go to wounded U.S. military veterans.

MCI-H was the first American state prison with incarcerated veterans training the puppies, and WCI is the first maximum-security prison in the country to participate in the VetDog program.

Like WCI and MCI-H, Eastern Correctional Institution on the Eastern Shore - Maryland's largest prison - also includes incarcerated veterans among its inmate dog handlers. ECI just recently received its first set of puppies.

DPSCS is proud to partner with America's VetDogs, and salutes the staff and inmates who are doing an outstanding job. We hope to expand the program in the near future.