The inmates met Marmaduke the gentle giant, a 100-pound Anatolian Shepherd mix. 

The inmates met Marmaduke the Gentle Giant, a 100-pound Anatolian Shepherd mix.

By Lt. Jackie Fernandez, A.A., Public Information Officer
California State Prison, Los Angeles County

Inmates are helping rescue dogs learn to become “good citizens” through a training program at California State Prison, Los Angeles County (CSP-LAC).

Shown with his former trainers, returning Paw for Life graduate Rendell, a 2-year-old boxer mix, was excited to be back at California State Prison, Los Angeles County. 

Shown with his former trainers, returning Paw for Life graduate Rendell, a 2-year-old boxer mix, was excited to be back at California State Prison, Los Angeles County.

In late September, 10 Karma Rescue dogs arrived at the prison for the second round of the volunteer-run Paws for Life (PFL) program.

The program, which operates as an Inmate Leisure Time Activity Group (ILTAG), affords valuable life-skills training to inmates participating in the program and provides a means by which dogs are trained and adopted to the community, according to those involved.

Each dog is trained to pass the “Canine Good Citizen Test.”

Warden John Soto and Chief Deputy Warden Gary Biaggini visited the Lancaster Animal Shelter with a special delivery of doggie sweaters and jackets donated by Karma Rescue.  The sweaters and jackets will be of great need in the upcoming winter months as temperatures drop to below freezing levels in the Antelope Valley.

From left, Warden John Soto, Karma Rescue Volunteer Susan Willis, Chief Deputy Warden Gary Biaggini and Lancaster Animal Shelter Manager S. Koenig posed for a quick snapshot with the group's donation to the shelter.

From left, Warden John Soto, Karma Rescue Volunteer Susan Willis, Chief Deputy Warden Gary Biaggini and Lancaster Animal Shelter Manager S. Koenig posed for a quick snapshot with the group’s donation to the shelter.

To learn more about the program, read our earlier story here: http://www.insidecdcr.ca.gov/2014/08/california-state-prison-los-angeles-county-holds-its-first-paws-for-life-graduation-ceremony/

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