In Lebanon, Ohio, a dog has been killed while participating in a prison program using inmates to help train rescue pets. According to the rescue group Joseph’s Legacy, the dog had been in training at the Warren County prison and was found in a cell unresponsive.
The rescue stated the prison program was “supposed to be closely monitored by prison staff.”
” We were invited to join this program at Warren Correctional institution. Like most, we were excited to have our troubled dogs get their training and excited to help the program. Many dogs came, got trained and headed out to their forever homes. It seemed to have little issues and worked smoothly. We had volunteers regularly on site and observing the dogs progress and how the handlers were working with them.”
The German shepherd, named Evie had been at the rescue since 2015 when she came in with a broken hip after having been hit by a car. At the time she had been nursing her two puppies – one died and her surviving puppy was later adopted. Evie’s hip was surgically repaired. The dog was extremely friendly and soon was adopted, however her family had to give her up. Brought back to the rescue, it was decided if Evie had more training, she would be more adoptable.
When the rescue received the news Evie died while in the care of the prison, they became very worried. A necrospy performed on the shepherd revealed she died from blunt force trauma to her abdomen causing liver hemorrhage.
“Evie was an extremely sweet dog who had so much morel life, happy moments and years ahead of her. Confused how such an amazing happy dog can be intentionally harmed,” the organization’s Facebook read.
All dogs in the prison program have since been removed. State authorities are in charge of the investigation and according to Joseph’s Legacy formal charges will be pressed.
(Photos of Evie alleged to have been killed by inmates via FB)
Rest in peace Evie.
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