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Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

Media Advisory
January 14, 2016
For More Information
Contact: Communications
(850) 488-0420

Hardee Hero Hounds Graduation to be held at Hardee Correctional Institution

WHAT: Media are invited to the Hardee Hero Hounds graduation ceremony. The Hardee Hero Hounds program brings together dogs from the Greyhound Advancement Center with inmates from Hardee Correctional Institution for an 8-10 week training regimen. Graduating dogs are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered and up-to-date on shots.
WHEN: Friday, January 15, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Hardee Correctional Institution
6901 State Road 63
Bowling Green, Florida 33834
WHY: Through programs like Hardee Hero Hounds, the Department of Corrections focuses on teaching inmates valuable job skills that will lead them to productive employment and law-abiding lives upon release.
CONTACT: If you wish to attend the Hardee Hero Hounds graduation ceremony, please contact the Department of Corrections’ Office of Communications at (850) 488-0420 as soon as possible, as attendees will need to complete and submit a Media Access Form.

Please note: No video or photos may be taken without the prior consent and approval from Department staff at the event. No cell phones will be permitted inside the institution.
COMMUNITY PARTNER: To adopt a Hardee Hero Hounds graduate, contact the Greyhound Advancement Center at (813) 44-GREY1 or go to for more information.
DIRECTIONS: Interstate-75 to Exit 229, Moccasin Wallow Road East and turn south onto Highway 301 turn left (east) onto S.R. 62 for 25.7 miles. The facility is on the right.



As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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