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Three Rescued Dogs Rehabilitated by Prison Inmates

NELSONVILLE (Tara Morgan) -- Three dogs rescued from subzero temperatures by good samaritans are now getting some tender, love and care from prison inmates.

Jordan, Morgan and Ginny were found chained to trees outside a home in New Straitsville last Tuesday.

They're now at the Southeastern Correctional Complex receiving 24 hour care from inmates as part of the cell dog program.

"It gives you a reason to get up in the morning cause you know you've got to do something for somebody else," said inmate Jerry Bishop who's serving a life sentence.

Bishop is now bonding with Ginny.

"He's so proud of what he does he takes it serious he loves to teach them tricks," said Anne Richardson who runs the program at the prison.

Richardson says the 16 year old program benefits both the dogs and the inmates.

"Honestly we want the guys rehabilitated and this could be a huge piece for somebody who hasn't had that sense of purpose," said Richardson.

Dogs typically stay 12 weeks in the cell dog program before they're found permanent homes.

Their food, toys and supplies are donated by rescue groups.

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