Hyland, a 28-year-old from Concord who is serving time for a drug conviction, is one of four inmates at the Merrimack County jail who are training puppies. "It feels like a second chance," Hyland said of being chosen to raise the chocolate Labrador retriever mix puppy. At one program at the Erie County Correctional Facility in New York, inmates raise pheasant chicks that are then released into the wild. Several studies suggest that puppy programs in prisons and jails have reduced anxiety and depression among inmates and increased morale among staff. Merrimack County Department of Corrections Superintendent Ross Cunningham said he hopes the puppy program will help inmates undergoing drug treatment to stay clean.
Source: Daily Sun January 11, 2019 23:15 UTC