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Who let the dogs in?

County teams up with humane society on program that sees inmates training dogs

Inmates at the Albany County Correctional Facility train dogs to help increase adoption rates at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society animal shelter in Menands.

Inmates at the Albany County Correctional Facility train dogs to help increase adoption rates at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society animal shelter in Menands. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— Although Snoopy and Cody have only been at the facility for about a week, Apple said it’s already created a “calmer, safer environment” at the jail. He said many of the inmates and officers really enjoy having the dogs around and an officer is considering adopting one dog.

“Right now, I can say it’s pretty much a success,” Apple said.

Training the dogs also helps the inmates adapt to different life skills, Apple said, adding that the correctional facility is based around the idea of getting inmates back into society.

Marcus Liccardi, an inmate at the correctional facility working with the dogs, said the program is great because it’s kept him busy. He said right now he’s teaching the dogs basic commands, like “sit” and “stay.”

“It’s very rewarding. I couldn’t have asked for better behaved dogs,” Liccardi said.

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