Cim Make A Wish Dog Beans

Beans, an inmate-trained service dog, was given to a young boy suffering from a heart condition. Courtesy photo.

By Lt. Tom Lopez, AA/PIO
California Institution for Men

A young boy suffering from a life-threatening heart condition now has a four-legged friend thanks to inmates at California Institution for Men (CIM) and California Institution for Women (CIW).

Originally housed in an animal shelter and facing an uncertain future, Beans was rescued by Canine Support Teams. The non-profit organization, based in Menifee, supplies service dogs to people with disabilities and combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The pint-sized pup was put through the paces, trained as a service dog by inmate handlers at CIM and CIW.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation reached out to the non-profit group, believing a service dog would best suit the needs of the young boy.

Beans and the boy have become “two peas in a pod,” according to both organizations.

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Learn more about Canine Support Teams, http://www.caninesupportteams.org/about-us/, and Make-A-Wish Foundation, http://wish.org