While T-Bone, Skittles, Kia, Diamond and Dallas are learning to become better canine citizens, the Dallas County inmates who are getting them ready for adoption are practicing some new skills of their own.
This week 10 Dallas County Jail inmates met the five dogs from Grand Prairie’s Prairie Paws Adoption Shelter that they’ll train as the inaugural class in the county’s Home for Hounds program, which commissioners approved in August 2016.
The course is five weeks long after which a new group of animals will enroll in the jail program.
The hope is that the course offers the animals training that will make them more adoptable and provides the inmates a marketable skill.
“We’re always looking for new programs and ways for our inmates to have services that will help them when they get out,” Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Melinda Urbina said in a video posted this week to Facebook by animal services. “Any type of experience is going to help them when they try to apply for jobs.”
To be accepted to the program, inmates had to write an essay and complete an interview. Inmates with a history of violence, in or…