One in every eight seconds… that's the number of cats and dogs put down in U.S shelters every minute. That's more than three million a year! Now, one woman is using her passion to save man's best friend.
It's like an innocent game of fetch, but if you look closely you'll notice the not so typical dog park.
The Jail Dog program started on February 16th, 2010. It's now home to a place where Amy Jackson feels at home.
"When you walk in there's puppies, there's grown dogs, it was a happy, happy place," said Amy Jackson, Producer of "Jail Dogs in 1C."
It's a place that made the former producer give up the glitz and glam of Hollywood. But one look at this program saving dogs from death row, and she knows she belongs in block 1C.
"Something was telling me that there was something else out there I was supposed to be doing," Jackson said.
Jackson has been filming the jail dogs for over a year and creating online webisodes.
"Just to show people all over the country that this program works and there's no reason it shouldn't be in jails that have the room," Jackson said.
"When I came in here I was really at rock bottom and it's given me something to take care of besides myself, it's really given me hope," one inmate said.
The inmates help rehab the dogs until they are adopted.
"My name is Paul and this Chico. We call him the wonder dog cause we all wonder what kind of dog he is," another inmate said.
Like Chico, Brauny Brooks was found abandoned and starving to death.
"When they brought him in, he couldn't walk, he couldn't lift his head, his feet were stained yellow from being in urine for so long," Jackson said.
Jackson posts weekly updates on the furry friends and she says it's making a difference.
"I've had people write me from Ireland that have taken the video to their jails," she said.
And she has no plans to stop giving dogs and inmates a second chance.Since the program started more than 70 dogs have been adopted. Jackson shows the webisodes weekly on her website at karmalizedpictures.com, where you can see pictures and videos of the dogs that are up for adoption.
The Society of Humane Friends of Georgia provides all financial support for the program. It also selects the dogs, handles the application and screening process for potential adopters. It also supports the volunteer efforts by the trainers and others. Jail Dogs now houses over fifteen dogs at a time.
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