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A former inmate adopted the dog he trained in prison and it changed his life: 'She taught me patience'
By abcnews.go.com- Julia Jacobo
Published: 02/07/2019

Experts have long acclaimed the benefits of prisoner animal programs for both the inmates and dogs, but sometimes the journeys end in even more of a fairytale than anyone could have been imagined.

Former inmate Jason Bertrand, 36, participated in the Florida Department of Corrections-approved TAILS program, which stands for Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills. During his time there, he developed such a bond with his assigned dog, a pit bull mix named Sugar Mama, that the program and facility he was being housed in allowed him to adopt her after she graduated — even though he still had months left in his term.

Sugar Mama, who is now about 4 or 5 years old, altered Bertrand's outlook on life and allowed him to stay out of prison, he told ABC News.

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