July 10, 2018
FDC Celebrates Cuffs & Collars Dog Program Graduation at Lancaster Correctional Institution
If you would like to attend, please contact the Florida Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications as soon as possible at (850) 488-0420. Attendees will need to complete and submit a media background access form. No video or photos may be taken without prior consent and approval of Department staff at the event.
- Local media has been invited to the first ever graduation of the Cuffs & Collars Dog Training Program. This partnership with the Gilchrist County Animal Services and inmates at Lancaster Correctional Institution provides basic obedience training to dogs from the local animal shelter. The training prepares the dogs for adoption into a forever family. The training is provided by inmate handlers under the guidance of volunteers from the community.
- Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
- Lancaster CI – Main Unit
3449 SW SR 26
Trenton, FL 32693
(Located 35 miles west of Gainesville)
- The canine graduates are trained in basic commands as well as crate-trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered and micro-chipped. Through programs like Cuffs & Collars Dog Training Program, the Department of Corrections provides inmates with job skills that lead to productive employment and law-abiding lives upon release.
- Those interested in adopting a canine graduate should contact Ms. Shawn Royce at 352-682-4727, or Ericka Hudson of Gilchrist County Animal Services at 352-463-4084. The fee to adopt is $40. The program can also be found on Facebook.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.