TORRINGTON, Wyo. - There's a program at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution that is helping to improve inmates' behavior. The WMCI Canine Training Program takes dogs who would have been abandoned and gives them a fresh start. Some have come from abusive situations.
The dogs learn to trust again with the help of inmates. Not just any inmate can train these dogs. It is considered to be a privilege.
Because it is so difficult to receive this job, the program motivates inmates to work hard and demonstrate good behavior.
After the training ends, the dogs undergo a graduation test and get to be adopted.
One inmate says, "It benefits me because it gives me a reason to do good. It allows me the opportunity for more responsibility."