MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) -- A unique partnership is unfolding at a local prison. Inmates are befriending greyhounds to get them trained and ready for adoption.
Inmates in Montville have been able to get some greyhounds trained and acclimated to the real world in record time. Before this, their world consisted of being caged and being pushed to run.
As soon as a gate opened they took off. Now the greyhounds no longer are retired and WAG, the non-profit We Adopt Greyhounds , helps them make the transition.
"They have to learn how to walk on grass, they have to learn how to go up stairs, they have to learn how to sit, and how to deal with people in general," said Sandy Francisco-Evans, WAG.
The inmates at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center in Montville have been able to train the pups quicker than expected.
Joseph Quinn is paired with Roman.
"To see how far he's come in the last seven and a half weeks it brings a joy to my heart," Quinn said. "I mean he has opened up something in my heart that has been closed for some time."
"This gives them a purpose, gives them a sense of being, gives them a sense of giving back to the community," said Warden Scott Erfe.
The inmates earn experience and a certificate, while the dogs gain skills for a home life. Already three of the four greyhounds have been adopted.
Roman is still in need of a new home and he comes with a great recommendation.
"He'll be great with kids," Quinn said. "He's cat friendly, we've already trained him on that."
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Quinn plans to volunteer with WAG and other shelters when he gets out.
"In the local community...give back, it's time to give back," said Quinn.
The warden tells News 8 next time they'll take six dogs instead of four, expanding the opportunity to others.
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