I saw this segment on Sunrise the other morning and thought it was such a great idea! Dogs saved from death row, trained by prison inmates and then given to diggers who suffer from PTSD (and other things), as an assistance dog. It is such a heart warming story and I don't see how it can be anything but a benefit for all those involved.. the dogs lives are saved, the inmates learn a lot of valuable skills and the diggers get a companion who helps them greatly.
They should look into having more programs like this throughout prisons and detention centres in Australia. Even if not all dogs go to diggers or people in 'need'- wouldn't it be great if any dogs who ended up unwanted could be fostered in a prison and trained until they were adopted by their forever family (instead of being in shelters)! What a great outcome for all involved!
Dogs helping Aussie diggers - Sunrise