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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
February 13, 2013
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Reporters Invited to First Graduation of Hardee Hero Hounds

~Inmate trained dog program at Hardee Correctional Institution~

WHAT: Reporters are invited to the 1st Hardee Hero Hounds program graduation ceremony, where dogs are trained by state inmates at Hardee Correctional Institution in Bowling Green, Florida. Reporters will have opportunities to film the dogs and to interview the staff and inmates.

At Hardee Correctional Institution, Greyhounds are brought provided from the Greyhound Advancement Center to attend an 8-10 week training program. Through the program, dogs learn basic commands such as sit, lay down, stay and go to bed. The dogs are taught to walk by their owner’s side without pulling on their leash and they are crate trained and house broken. All dogs are spayed or neutered and have their shots.
WHERE: Hardee Correctional Institution
6901 State Road 63
Bowling Green, Florida 33834-9505
WHEN: The graduation takes place on February 22, 2013, at Hardee Correctional Institution beginning at 10:00 a.m.
WHY: Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like Hardee Hero Hounds, 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 Hardee Hero Hounds graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 several days before the scheduled graduation, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form.

To adopt a Hardee Hero Hound graduate, contact the Greyhounds Advancement Center at (813) 44-GREY1 or go here to find out more http://www.greyhoundadvancementcenter.org.

DIRECTIONS TO HARDEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION: Interstate-75 to Exit 229, Moccasin Wallow Road East and turn south onto Highway 301 turn left (east) onto S.R. 62 for 25.7 miles. The facility is on the right.

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