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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Media Advisory
June, 6, 2013
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Reporters Invited to Pups N Pals Graduation of Inmate Trained Dogs

~Inmate trained dog program at Tomoka Correctional Institution's Work Camp~

WHO Reporters are invited to the graduation of the Prison Pals N Pups (P&P) program at Tomoka Correctional Institution Work Camp at 3950 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach, Florida, 32124-1098. Reporters will have an opportunity to interview and photograph/film inmates and program participants.
WHEN: Graduation begins at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
WHAT: The P&P program brings together rescue dogs from the West Volusia Kennel Club and Halifax Humane Society with inmates from Tomoka Correctional Institution Work Camp, who obedience-train them. The dogs who graduate earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate. The graduating dogs are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro-chipped.
WHERE: DeSoto Correctional Institution Chapel
13617 S.E. Highway 70
Arcadia, Florida 34266-7800
WHY: Currently one of every three inmates released from the Florida prison system returns to prison within three years. Through programs like Pups N 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 Pups N Pals graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections' Communications Office at (850) 488-0420 before the scheduled graduation, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form no later than Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Our Community Partners: The Halifax Humane Society adoption fee is only $70! Dogs that are over 5 years of age are adopted for $35! --a bargain, when you consider that the dog will be trained and housebroken.  Adoption forms may be obtained by calling the shelter at (386) 274-4703.  For more information about the program, please visit http://halifaxhumanesociety.org/ or visit the Department's dog program page at http://www.dc.state.fl.us/apps/utopia/learn.html for information on this and other programs at DOC facilities.    

Directions to Tomoka Work Camp:

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 Internal 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 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

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