July 15, 2010
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
Daytona Beach -- Reporters are invited to the first class graduation of the Prison Pups and Pals (PP&P) program at TomokaCorrectional Institution Work Camp at 10:00am on Friday, July 23, 2010. Reporters will have an opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.
The PP&P program brings together rescue dogs from the West Volusia Humane Society and the West Volusia Kennel Club with inmates and gives them all a second chance to succeed. PP&P dogs are obedience trained by inmates at Tomoka Correctional Institution Work Camp, who were themselves trained by professional dog trainers Allyn Weigel and Marj Blomquist in the hopes that they may find gainful employment upon release from prison. The graduating dogs are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro-chipped. The dogs that complete this course will have the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate.
The West Volusia Humane Society adoption fee is only $80 -- a bargain, when you consider that the dog will be trained and housebroken. Adoption forms may be obtained by calling the shelter Monday – Friday, 11am – 4pm and Saturdays from noon until 4pm at 386-734-2450. For more information about the program, please visit PP&P’s websiteat www.prisonpupsandpals.org.
There are currently seven inmate dog training programs in the Florida Department of Corrections. One each at Wakulla CI near Tallahassee, Taylor CI in Perry, FL, Gainesville CI, Gulf Forestry Camp in Wewahitchka, FL, and this brand new one at Tomoka CI in Volusia county. The Department also has inmate programs in South Florida that train companion dogs for disabled veterans’ and persons with disabilities.
Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like Prison Pups and Pals, the Department of Corrections is focusing on teaching inmates viable job skills that will lead them to productive jobs and law-abiding lives upon release.
If you wish to attend the PP&P graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 before Tuesday, July 20, 2010, as background checks will need to be completed.
Directions to Tomoka WC/CI:
From Orlando: I-4 East to exit 129, East 92 – Merge onto W INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY BLVD/US-92 E via EXIT 129 on the LEFT toward Daytona Beach, Make a U-TURN at OLD DELAND RD onto W INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY BLVD/US-92 W, follow for 2.1 miles and turn RIGHT onto INDIAN LAKE RD, follow .8 miles and Turn LEFT onto TIGER BAY RD, follow until reaching TOMOKA CI WORK CAMP
From Jacksonville: I-95 S to exit 261B, West 92 – Merge onto W INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY BLVD/US-92 W via EXIT 261B toward DELAND, follow 4.6 miles and Turn RIGHT onto INDIAN LAKE Road, follow .8 miles and Turn LEFT onto TIGER BAY RD, follow until reaching TOMOKA CI WORK CAMP
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