Ohio Prisoners Training Dogs Behind Bars


These dogs aren’t from/for Guide Dogs for the Blind, but I really believe this whole process is very cool and wanted to share it with you.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thousands of inmates in the Ohio prison system pay their debt to society by serving time for their crimes.

But a select few have a special job while they are behind bars.  These inmates feed, care for and train puppies, right in their cells and are with them 24/7.

The ultimate benefit is to give sight to the blind. But that’s not all.

The Franklin Medical Release Center is a state prison in the shadow of downtown Columbus, where razor wire separates the more than 400 inmates from society.

“I’m in here for failure to comply with the order of a police signal,” said inmate Brian Nelson. It is Nelson’s fourth time behind bars, and he currently is serving a three-year sentence.

His cell mate is Mike Shaffer, who is serving eight years for vehicular homicide.

They share their already tight quarters with two dogs.

“It’s kind of…

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

3 thoughts on “Ohio Prisoners Training Dogs Behind Bars”

  1. My buddy Walker was a prison dog. He says it was a pretty great place to grow up. It was part of a program with Southeastern Guide Dogs which has since been dropped, but the prison continued with pups from CCI. I understand it’s an incredible experience for those inmates. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. 4 Paws for Ability has some of their dogs raised in prison. I love the fact that a dog that is going to help my son reach out to the world better might have already helped someone else turn their life around, even if it’s just a little. It’s an amazing program. They are also in OH but obviously not the program in this story. Still, it is most cool.

    1. I agree. That is a great sentiment knowing that the dog can help two people, your son with a disability and someone who is likely going through a rough time and needs that little extra push or support, because many of the individuals currently in the criminal justice system do not have the proper supports.

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