Prison Pooches

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — Inmates at the Penitentiary of New Mexico and dogs from Española Animal Humane are getting a second chance . This through the program called ‘Paws in the Pen”. PNM Warden Sharlene Hagerman says that this provides an excellent opportunity for the inmates to exercise responsibility and patience in caring for the dogs. The dogs training includes leash training, house training, and socialization. After working with a trainer, the inmates pass on what they learned to the dogs, staying with them until the animals are ready to be adopted. A similar program is in effect at the southern New Mexico prison near Las Cruces as well.