Dogs trained at Naval brig given new homes

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Prisoners helped wounded war vets on Thursday as two service dogs were given new homes.

It's a program created by the Naval Consolidated Brig and the Carolina Canines for service program. Prisoners from all branches of the military who are serving sentences of five years or more help train the dogs.

Once trained, the dogs are given to the Carolina Canines for Service, a nonprofit health and human services organization, that gives the dogs a good home where they can help a disabled veteran.

On Thursday, two of the trained dogs were matched with their new owners.

The trained dogs can perform more than 70 tasks for a wounded vet including retrieving and carrying objects, opening doors and even transfer money at the grocery store.

The partnership has been up and running since 2007.

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