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Cook County jail program couples long-term inmates with dogs

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago Animal Care and Control program is connecting dogs in danger of being euthanized with long-term inmates at the Cook County Jail.

Under Tails of Redemption, a prisoner shares his cell with a dog for six to eight weeks and trains it so it can be adopted.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the five pooches that graduated Wednesday were the second group to complete the program since it launched late last year.

All dogs from the first class have been adopted, and three from the 2019 class have been claimed.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says inmates facing a homicide- or sexual assault charge are disqualified from the program.

An Animal Care and Control official says the city department had a 91 percent save rate for dogs in 2018.

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