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Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Julie L. Jones

Florida Department of Corrections
Julie L. Jones, Secretary

June 27, 2017
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(850) 488-0420

FDC Celebrates Dog Program Graduation at Hernando CI

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.

WHAT: Media are invited to the inaugural graduation ceremony of the Heel to Heal program. This program brings together shelter dogs from the Hernando County Animal Services and inmates from Hernando Correctional Institution for obedience training. Graduating dogs earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate and are crate trained, housebroken, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots and micro-chipped.
WHEN: Thursday, June 29, 9:30 a.m. E.S.T
WHERE: Hernando Correctional Institution
16415 Spring Hill Drive
Brooksville, Florida 34604
WHY: Through programs like Heel to Heal, the Department of Corrections is focusing on teaching inmates valuable job skills that will lead them to productive jobs and law-abiding lives upon release.
COMMUNITY PARTNER: To adopt a Heel to Heal graduate, please contact the Hernando County Animal Services at (352) 352-540-6286 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.



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