Fla. sheriff offers inmates as dog walkers

MELBOURNE, Fla. - A central Florida sheriff is offering up inmates to walk dogs at the county-operated animal shelter.

The issue arose last week when volunteer dog walker Linda del Gallego asked the Brevard County Commission to hire three part-time people at $10 an hour to walk dogs at the facility. She told commissioners that dogs are "going stir-crazy" because they're not getting enough time outside.

At least one commissioner was supportive of the idea.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey offered to have inmates walk dogs to keep costs down. The sheriff's office is taking over animal services on Oct. 1 and inmates have been providing labor to maintain and clean the shelters.

Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement Director Karla Torpy says the sheriff's offer will be "great for the dogs."

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