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Pender County Correctional Institution helps dogs find homes

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Some Pender County prisoners are taking part in a New Leash on Life. Inmates spent the past eight weeks training homeless dogs that a local animal shelter rescued. Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the program, and saw the graduation of four more dogs.

Ralph was a homeless dog and was going to be put to sleep. But thanks to inmates at the Pender County Correctional Institution, Ralph is now going to a loving home.

“We had to put our pets down, we lost both of them within a two week period, so Ralph is really going to rescue us,” said Debbie Black.

Seven inmates have spent the past several weeks training Ralph and three of his buddies to be good dogs, helping them with obedience and a few new tricks.

It’s part of a program called New Leash on Life which is made possible through Monty’s Home, a non-profit organization.

“It’s about taking a dog, who’s chances are very slim at the time…second chance. I like this program cause that’s what it’s about,” said Maurice Parker, Ralph’s trainer.

Today, the dogs, which are all named after the characters from “Happy Days”, got their graduation diploma.

This is the fifth class of dogs to graduate, marking one year since the program started. Previous graduates attended the ceremony to visit their trainers.

These dogs were saved; millions more in shelters hope they get just as lucky.

“There’s enough homeless dogs in the world right now, that if we never bred another dog, there would be plenty to go around. People just need to open up their hearts, and go out there and find the dog for them at the shelters and through the rescues, and save a dog’s life,” said Barbara McNinch of Monty’s Home.

For more information on this program, you can visit Monty’s Home online.

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videoSome Pender County prisoners are taking part in a New Leash on Life. Inmates spent the past eight weeks training homeless dogs that a local animal shelter rescued.

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