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Inmates learn employment skills through service dog training
By theindychannel.com- Amanda Starrantino
Published: 05/13/2019

FISHERS — Time spent in prison can stunt any future employment for Hoosier inmates. There is a program that is helping offenders secure a job once they re-enter society, with the help of four-legged friends.

Ashley Bowers is a certified pet trainer. However, Bowers was not always a dog whisperer, she spent five years in prison for armed robberies.

"When I was incarcerated I was just floating around doing nothing, being pretty useless," Bowers said. "Really no aspirations to do any better."

That was until Bowers learned about ICAN, the Indiana Canine Assistant Network. ICAN is a service dog training program, that trains inmates to teach dogs various skills.

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