Inmates, dogs graduate from Spokanimal program


by Danielle Grant &

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 7:21 AM

SPOKANE-- Thursday was graduation day for some local prisoners and their pooches.

For the past 10 weeks inmates at the Airway Heights Corrections Center have been training Spokanimal shelter dogs, participating in a program called "Pawsitive" Dog Training.

The program pairs prisoners with pups to teach them better behavior.

Prisoner Andrew Flores and his pug Wrigley have worked together for weeks.

When pug Wrigley was first booked into the Airway Heights Corrections Center he needed a little love, some direction and a chance.

Florse says the dog taught him how to care for something other than himself.

Inmates at the Airway Heights Correction Center spent day and night with their dog teaching them simple commands and a few tricks of the trade. 

Kim Imel works with Spokanimal. She has been training these convicted criminals how to train their canines.

The program has softened hearts, changed attitudes, taught respect and responsibility.

This program is run entirely on donation dollars.

In three weeks Spokanimal will be bringing in 6 more shelter dogs into the prison and training new handlers.