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Nova Scotia’s inmate dog training program extended

Justice Minister Ross Landry says the provincial program, which
allows inmates at a Halifax jail help care for and train
undisciplined dogs, gives offenders a better chance of becoming
contributing members of society.
Justice Minister Ross Landry says the provincial program, which allows inmates at a Halifax jail help care for and train undisciplined dogs, gives offenders a better chance of becoming contributing members of society. Brett Ruskin/Global News

HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia program that pairs convicts with dogs will be extended for a year.

Justice Minister Ross Landry says the provincial program, which allows inmates at a Halifax jail help care for and train undisciplined dogs, gives offenders a better chance of becoming contributing members of society.

Last December, the government partnered with the Nova Scotia SPCA to launch the initiative as a pilot program at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility.

Since then, it has matched 12 offenders with more than 70 dogs that are prepared for adoption.

Landry issued a statement today saying since the government balanced the budget, it was able to extend the program.

It did not say how much the program will cost.

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