Donna Terrell’s Special Report: Paws in Prison pt. 2

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – Two different veterans: James Steele, who deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Sean Foltz, who is serving a 20 year prison term for rape.
While there is little similarities between these two vets, one service dog could change both of their lives.

At first glance, you might think this process is simple. James Steele, an army national guard veteran, hopes to be matched up with a service dog to help him with his PTSD.

Steele says, “I want a dog that when I start getting  anxious and bothered by things, crowds at Walmart, I’ve got that buddy there next to me. Help to keep me calm.”

On this day, Steele meets several dogs in training – while the people who head up the “Paws in Prison” program observe. 

Steele says, “If we pick the right dog it’ll be the right dog, and I have full confidence in that.”

The dogs are trained by prison inmates, and as it turns out, the training does as much good for these inmates as it does for the dogs, especially for Navy veteran Sean Foltz, who feels good teaching a dog to help a fellow vet.   
Foltz says, “If I can help train these animals to be there for these veterans… I can hold my head up a little higher.”

Inmates get certification in prison, and can train a dog to do tricks or help a  disabled person.

In the selection process, it’s the dog that chooses the owner.

Unfortunately, the dog who takes interest in James Steele is just a puppy and according to the program’s director, isn’t ready.

So that means James Steele will have to go home without a canine companion… for now.

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