Leash on Life 5pm 1-8-2016


THE DANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE HOSTS A PROGRAM THAT PAIRS SHELTER DOGS WITH JAIL INMATES. NBC15’S LAUREN WINFREY EXPLAINS HOW THE INITIATIVE KNOWN AS “A NEW LEASH ON LIFE” HELPS DANE COUNTY JAIL INMATES GET A FRESH START. “SHE LOOKED LIKE SHE GAINED SOME WEIGHT SINCE SHE LEFT. YEA….” JEFF ULLEWEIT [ULL – WIT] IS TALKING ABOUT BELLA — A FORMER SHELTER DOG WHO WAS THE FIRST TO FIND A NEW HOME. “DEFINITELY WHEN THEY GET ADOPTED, THAT’S THE BEST. WE JUST HAD FOUR PUPPIES LIKE SIX WEEKS AGO, AND THAT WAS A LOT OF FUN, FOUR AT ONE TIME.” “SIT… SIT…” JEFF ALONG WITH A FEW OTHER SELECTED INMATES WORKS TO TRAIN AND CARE FOR FORMER SHELTER DOGS AT THE DANE COUNTY JAIL WORK-RELEASE CENTER. “OH, IT’S GREAT. YOU LEARN A WHOLE BUNCH. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO PUT YOURSELF IN THE DOG’S POSITION TO KNOW HOW THEY’RE THINKING AND WHY THEY THINK THAT.” THE PROGRAM STARTED ALMOST A YEAR AGO AND SINCE THEN HAS HELPED EIGHT DOGS GET ADOPTED. “THE OUTCOME HAS JUST BEEN PHENOMENAL OF THE SUPPORT THAT THEY’VE HAVE TO RESCUE THE DOGS AND TO GIVE THEM A SECOND CHANCE. ” A NEW LEASH ON LIFE PAIRS PETS IN NEED WITH PEOPLE IN NEED. ALLOWING THE DOGS A BETTER CHANCE TO BE TRAINED AND SOCIALIZED. “WE HAVE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF DOGS WHO COME THROUGH OUR SHELTER EVERY YEAR. A LOT OF THOSE DOGS ARE ADOPTABLE WHEN THEY COME TO US, AND THAT’S GREAT. SOME DOGS THOUGH NEED A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA HELP.” THE DOGS ARE PROVIDED BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN IN JANESVILLE. VOLUNTEERS FROM THE BADGER KENNEL CLUB VISIT THE JAIL TO HELP WITH TRAINING. “HERE AT THE JAIL, THE SHERRIFF, THE STAFF, THE INMATES –THEY ARE THOSE PEOPLE WHO CARE. AND THAT’S MAKING NOT JUST A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR OUR SHELTER, BUT FOR THESE INDIVIDUAL DOGS. ” FRAZIER SAYS TRAINING THE PUPS GIVES THE INMATES A PURPOSE — THAT’S SOMETHING HE HOPES THEY CARRY WITH THEM WHEN THEY’RE NO LONGER BEHIND BARS. REPORTING IN MADISON, LAUREN WINFREY… NBC15 NEWS. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT ADOPTING DOGS WHO COMPLETE THIS PROGRAM… CALL THE DANE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND SPEAK WITH A VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR.

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