Prison Inmates And Rescue Dogs Develop Healing Bonds

On couches across the U.S. on any given evening, millions of dogs curl up next to someone watching TV — a pretty ordinary occurrence. But when Byram, a black-and-white mixed breed pooch, would sit on Candido Santiago's bed, barking at the Giants while Santiago cheered the footballers on, it was a decidedly atypical arrangement.

Rescuers had recently saved Byram from life as a stray, and Santiago, his foster and trainer, was nearing the end of a decade in prison.

The duo was part of a program called Don't Throw Us Away, which pairs nonviolent inmates with stray and abused dogs.

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