LEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CELL DOG HISTORY!
CAPTAIN THOMAS WEAVER (RETIRED-09/01/2007) IMPLEMENTED THIS PROGRAM AFTER WATCHING A TELEVISION SHOW ABOUT CELL DOG PROGRAMS, months later six dogs entered the program October 4,2004.
OUR PARTNERSHIP’S STARTED WITH LEE COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES.
The dog training program, taught by volunteers from K-Nine Comes 1st, teaches inmates how to obedience train dogs during an intensive 8 to 12-week course. Upon graduation, the dogs are highly adoptable and possess obedience skills such as heel, sit, recall, and stay. They are house trained, leash trained, responsive to voice commands, and some hand signals. Not only does the Cell Dog Program give a second chance to these shelter animals, it also provides job skills to inmates in the areas of dog training, dog grooming and veterinary assistant skills.