Dog days at ECI
02/21/2013
Daily Times - Online, The

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WESTOVER ---- Inmate David Stukes walks toward the front Eastern Correctional Institution chapel with his dog, a 4-month-old black Labrador-retriever mix he received in December.

When he calmly tells the dog to sit, it follows directions. A second later, it stands back up. He repeats his command, but the dog only tilts its head and remains standing. Stukes motions to another inmate for help. The other inmate pets and calms the puppy.

Stukes, along with a handful of other inmates, are a part of the prisonís Americaís VetDogs program in which puppies as young as 7-weeks-old are trained and given to disabled veterans returning from war. The inmates were chosen based on their behavior and criminal records.

Read continuing coverage by reporter Bryan Adelman in The Daily Times on Friday.