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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

October 03, 2016
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Florida Department of Corrections Hosts Dog Graduation Ceremony

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.

Brooksville, Fla. – Hernando Correctional Institution hosting Heel to Heal graduation ceremony.

WHAT: Media are invited to the Hernando CI Heel to Heal graduation ceremony. The Heel to Heal program brings dogs from Animal Services of Hernando County to inmates from Hernando CI for an eight week obedience training. Graduating dogs are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered and updated on shots.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hernando Correctional Institution
16415 Spring Hill Drive
Brooksville, Florida 34604
WHY: Through programs like Heel to Heal, the Florida Department of Corrections focuses on teaching inmates valuable job skills that will lead them to productive employment and law-abiding lives upon release.
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Although all four of the graduating dogs are currently adopted, if you would like to adopt a future graduate, contact the Hernando County Animal Services at 352-796-5062 ext. 11010 or
DIRECTIONS: From US-41, turn west onto Spring Hill Drive. Travel approximately one mile to the institution. From US-19, turn east onto Spring Hill Drive. Travel approximately 10 miles to the institution.



As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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