Inmates train rescue dogs to help veterans



Chowchilla, Calif.

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Three dogs and their trainers celebrated on Friday the completion of their first round of training to become service dogs for military veterans. But the dogs aren’t just any dogs, and they don’t have typical trainers, either.

The future service dogs are rescue dogs from Fresno Humane Animal Services. And, their trainers are inmates at Valley State Prison.

The inmates and dogs were paired through the prison’s service dog program, made possible by the nonprofit Doc’s Dogs for Vets out of Fresno. The nonprofit is run by the Pleitez family in honor of their late son, Spc. Benjamin Pleitez, an Army medic who died in Afghanistan.

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