Kenai prison program is for inmates and dogs

Wildwood Correctional Center has a new program that has inmates and dogs helping each other.

The Peninsula Clarion says inmates train dogs that come from the Kenai Animal Shelter and make them better candidates for adoption. At the same time, inmates learn life skills that hopefully will come in handy when they are released from prison.

Layla, a husky-rottweiler mix, is one of the dogs in the program. She entered the prison program after having been returned to the animal shelter three times. Assistant superintendent Shannon McCloud says Layla’s behavior has vastly improved. The plan is to have her learn how to carry packs in hopes that the right person will adopt her and take her on hunting trips.