5000th dog finds a home through Puppies for Parole program

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By: Kevin Ko, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - A statewide program bringing together prisoners and puppies is celebrating a major milestone.

A four-month-old redbone coonhound named Ellie is the 5000th adopted dog from the Puppies for Parole program. It pairs inmates with adoptable dogs for intensive one-on-one training.

Jefferson City Correctional Center will host an event marking the milestone on June 1, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Ellie originally came from the Grabb Animal Shelter in Fulton and was trained at Algoa Correctional Center in Jefferson City.

She was also in Socialization Training for Animals' Reentry into Society, also known as S.T.A.R.S.

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