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Prison Puppies Trained to Help Veterans

Joyce Dopkeen/The New York Times
At Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Bliss Edwards teaching her puppy, Athena, the “watch me” command.
JAYMIE POWERS, a 43-year-old mother of three grown children who is in prison for second-degree murder, is seated in a wheelchair pretending to be a disabled person shopping at a supermarket. She is working on getting a Labrador retriever, Devon, to fetch a box of cereal from a counter and place it in a straw bag.

“Devon, watch me!” she commands, trying to get Devon to fix his attention on her.

“Devon, up,” she says, coaxing him to climb onto the counter.

It takes a while for Devon to get his mouth around the edge of the box but when he finally does, Ms. Powers orders him to “drop it!” and he does, right into the straw bag.

“That’s it!” Ms. Powers says with a grin of accomplishment, while her fellow prisoners at the Bedford Hills Corr

Added: Jun-1-2008 
By: bellava
Iraq, Afghanistan, News
Tags: prison, puppies, iraq, vets, ptsd
Location: Bedford Hills, New York, United States (load item map)
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