The Softer Side of Doing Hard Time

By KBJR News 1

April 29, 2014 Updated Apr 29, 2014 at 8:53 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- The Federal Prison Camp in Duluth got 11 furry inmates on Tuesday.

Puppies from "Can Do Canines" started training with an inmate so the puppies can one day be assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

The 12 week old dogs will live with carefully selected inmates for 18 months.

Not only is the program beneficial for the dogs, but also to the inmates.

"The benefits really go all around," said Nancy Weitgenant, puppy program coordinator. "Can Do Canines greatly benefits by having the dogs in one area. Inmates also learn how to deal with frustrations and learning how to be responsible for something and put something else first."

Can Do Canines partners with the Federal Correctional Institution- Waseca and Minnesota Correctional Facility- Faribault to help raise and train dogs.

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