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Inmates train abandoned puppies

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Some Shelby County prisoners are helping abandoned puppies find new homes by teaching them discipline from inside prison walls.

The puppies left a correctional facility Friday, when they were transported to Collierville where they'll wait for a loving family to care for them.

They've all just been paroled in the Puppies Achieving Worthy Services or PAWS, a program at the Mark Luttrell Woman's Correctional Center.

"The inmate takes dogs from the Collierville shelter and teach them obedience training, leash break them, kennel train them, and house break them," said Nina Wingfield of the Collierville Animal Shelter.

For over a month, the puppies have been living in the cells along with eight inmates who provide the training.  Part of that training includes teaching these pups how to speak, sit, and give high fives.

The dogs each come with their own journal so potential adoptive families can see what they do.

"The journal tells the new owner what their commands are, how they are prompted, and how much the inmates love them," Wingfield said.

Wingfield added the training will allow the dogs to be more adoptable.

"If we make them a better dog for families, that lessens the likelihood of them coming back because they're not behaved," she said.

If you would like to adopt one of these puppies, you can call Collierville Animal Services at (901) 457-2670.

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