Canine training reaches hearts of young offenders


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Canine training reaches hearts of young offenders

‘Canines for Compassion’ program makes debut at Juvenile Hall

By Jessica A. York

jyork@santacruzsentinel.com @ReporterJess on Twitter

Posted:   06/02/2014 03:09:44 PM PDT


A youth at Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall works with George, one of three dogs brought to the…

FELTON >> Friends are hard to come by in juvenile lockup.

For a 17-year-old who authorities say is one of the longer-term Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall residents, an initially standoffish rottweiler and labrador mix named George offered that companionship.

George was one of three rescue dogs brought to Juvenile Hall by volunteers with the nonprofit Unchained for training eight weeks ago. On Thursday afternoon, five of the six juvenile inmates who had spent hours socializing and training abandoned dogs to respond to commands graduated from the “Canines for Compassion” program. The sixth trainer was released prior to Thursday’s event, said…

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