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Graduate of PAWS program finds new home

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Annie was part of the Roswell Correctional Center’s PAWS program, which works in conjunction with All Hearts for Paws of Hagerman. (Submitted Photo)

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Sometimes, after a second or even a third chance, things work out.

Annie, a 4-year-old hound/beagle mix, was part of the Roswell Correctional Center’s PAWS program. The training program works in conjunction with a local no-kill shelter, All Hearts for Paws of Hagerman.

Annie came to RCC about three years ago.

“Right away the staff and inmates fell in love with her,” RCC Warden Ruben Benavidez wrote in a recent letter to the Daily Record. “She is a very lovable and caring canine. Annie had a secret talent, she was an escape artist. She had been previously adopted twice by local families but always seemed to climb any fence she encountered.

“Annie was returned and we would start all over with her training.”

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That training took about three years. Annie was adopted recently and now enjoys her new forever home. She lives on a nearby horse ranch, “where she can run and be herself,” Benavidez wrote.

“Annie will be missed as staff and inmates joked about her being a forever prison pup,” he added. “This goes to show with a little patience and support, any dog or individual can be rehabilitated.

“Sometimes it takes a dog to change people behavior and open their eyes to what we as humans tend to miss. … “Programs like these have a great impact on our prison population.”

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