New Program at Travis County Jail Puts Pets and Inmates Together

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“This is not something that will be done with maximum security inmates,” Dark said. “It is a privilege that only certain inmates will qualify for. Similar programs are being conducted in Dallas County and at the state prison in Lockhart, Stan said.

Grant funding will pay for the entire program, which will be largely staffed by volunteers at the Austin Animal Center. Austin animal services staffers hope to begin the pilot program in the winter.

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