October 28th, 2017, 2:15pm – 3:45pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L12 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue
“Puppies Behind Bars” is a remarkable program that sees New York convicts raise and train service dogs for up to three years. The inmates live with the puppies 24 hours a day and teach them 99 commands to train them as service dogs to help war veterans with PTSD. The prisoners, often serving long sentences for crimes that haunt them, struggle daily to find a way to pay their debts to society. The “Puppies Behind Bars” program offers them a chance. Prison Dogs chronicles five prisoners and the five puppies they are entrusted to train. In the end, saying goodbye proves the hardest task of all. This is a story of love, loss, rehabilitation and redemption.