Dogs trained by inmates up for adoption through Operation New Hope

    Operation New Hope at the Chatham County Sheriff's Office allows inmates to train rescue dogs (Katie Filling/WTGS)

    Another round of dogs from the Operation New Hope program were up for adoption on Saturday.

    This is an ongoing program at the Chatham County Sheriff's Office that allows inmates to train rescue dogs for four weeks and get them ready for adoption.

    The dogs are with the inmates 24/7. They sleep with them in their cells, they take them out six times a day, and train them to be well behaved.

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    There were 14 dogs available on Saturday. They came from the Statesboro Humane Society. You can contact them to find out if there are any more dogs available to be adopted.

    All of the dogs are up to date on their shots and have been spayed or neutered.

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    The inmates say this program isn't only saving the dogs' lives, but theirs too.

    "Not only is this new hope for the dogs, this is new hope for us as well. This puts something special in my heart, I cant speak for everybody, but it does something special for me because it gives me something positive and productive to do with my time," said Hunter Williams, an inmate who trains the dogs.

    This was the eighth dog Hunter trained, and he said it never gets easier letting go of them. But seeing them go home with their new families makes it worth it.

    Woof Gang of Savannah donated a lot of the supplies like the dog food, treats and toys.

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