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January 13, 2023

Orange County inmates train greyhounds to become companion pets

Hounds with Hearts program at Central Florida Reception Center

Dogs Graduating

Emily McLeod

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla — Five greyhounds went home to their forever families on Friday after learning a few new tricks at the Central Florida Reception Center.

Through the facility’s greyhound training program, inmates are able to teach dogs basic commands, a few tricks and receive a certificate at the end of their training for basic dog obedience training…

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As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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