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Brig prisoners are training dogs to help wounded Marines

August 11, 2008 |  3:47 pm


Prisoners in the U.S. Marine Corps brig at Camp Lejeune, N.C., are helping train service dogs to assist Marines wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Under a program overseen by Carolina Canines, based in Wilmington, N.C., the dogs stay with the prisoners as the dogs learn up to 70 tasks, such as turning off lights and picking up clothes. Each dog, such as the one above, gets about nine months of training, sleeping next to the cot of their trainer-prisoner.

"We messed up," a prisoner explained to WHQR in a report on National Public Radio. "But at least we can do something productive with our time while we're in here."

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Marine Corps Times

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