The scheme that uses prisoners to save dogs from death row

A scheme in the US has enabled convicts to help ‘death row’ dogs become rehabilitated so they can find new homes.


by Fiona Day |
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Film-maker Amy Jackson has been working with the dogs and their inmate trainers for the past few years.

‘I began shooting video of the Gwinnett Jail Dogs program when it first started in 2010,’ she explains.

‘The minute I walked in there, I knew this was something special.’

The scheme involves prison inmates helping train condemned dogs. With a little bit of love and patience, the dogs are soon ready to be re-homed, saving them from being put down.

The scheme saves dogs from being put down
The scheme saves dogs from being put down

‘I wanted to be part of it and hoped that my videos would help get the dogs adopted and also show the viewers how positive this program is for everybody involved.’

‘I have met the most incredible dogs saved from death row.’

The dogs not only help the inmates become more positive, but it appears that their love and attention is giving the dogs newfound hope.

Some of the dogs saved were just seconds away from being euthanised.

Film-maker Amy has been supporting the scheme

‘Somebody really evil chopped off Daria’s ears,’ Amy reveals.

‘She is only 2 years old and has had several litters. I fell in love with her the minute I saw those big brown eyes staring at me as I was walking around the kennels giving all of the dogs treats. She was shy at first but quickly warmed up to me and I came to visit her and walk her as often as I could.’

Luckily, Daria has a happy ending.

‘I got a phone saying a family was there to meet her… which really surprised me, since no one ever came to meet her - after I posted her video and pictures everywhere. I quickly turned around and brought her back and the family instantly fell in love with Daria - now named Journey.’

Watch a video of the dogs below and find out more about the scheme HERE:

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