CCI dog training continues at CCC

By Christine Timmerman, PIO at CCC
CCI dog training continues at CCC
WE’RE READY — Eight yellow lab puppies wait for a training session to start at the CCC prison at Shelby. Inmates are training the service dogs. Photo courtesy of CCC
   It has been almost three years since the first four legged residents arrived at Crossroads Correctional Center (CCC).  
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a non-profit organization out of Santa Rosa, Calif. provides the puppies and CCC selects inmates to be volunteer puppy raisers.  
   The puppies stay at the prison for approximately 18 months.  So far, two dogs trained at the facility have graduated and been placed by CCI with handicapped individuals.  In February, CCC sent five more dogs back to CCI.  There they will join two other CCC trained dogs already in advanced training.
   Training the puppies is a full time job and the inmates and staff members must follow the strict guidelines that CCI sets forth.  The dogs are not pets and aren’t treated as such by inmates or staff.