New jail program matches up abused dogs with veterans behind bars
April 6, 2016
A new program at the Maricopa County jail matches up abused dogs from with military veterans who are serving time.
The dogs are from Sheriff Joe Arpaio's MASH (Maricopa Animal Safe Haven) Unit.
All the dogs in the MASH Unit are formerly abused and neglected and were seized from their prior owners under criminal circumstances by detectives in the Animal Crimes Unit.
Now, every Wednesday, dogs from that unit will be taken to the veterans pod at Towers Jail in the Durango Complex to spend time with inmates who are veterans.
The dogs range in breed from terriers to labs to pit bulls.
Arpaio says both dogs and inmates can benefit from the program.
Studies have been found that the presence of animals can help inmates deal with stress.
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