In The News ABC News A former inmate adopted the dog he trained in prison and it changed his life: 'She taught me patience' Experts have long acclaimed the benefits of prisoner animal programs for both the inmates and dogs, but sometimes the journeys end in even more of a fairytale than anyone could have been imagined. News Prison animal programs are benefitting both inmates and hard-to-adopt dogs in Florida, experts say Hard-to-adopt dogs are starting to symbolize a ray of hope for inmates in Florida who qualify to enter a program that rehabilitates both them for their release back into society, and the dogs as they search for their forever homes. Animal Rescue Site dot Com Rescued Pit Bull Escapes Life of Dog-fighting To Become K-9 Officer He was born in a Canadian shelter, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or OSPCA, where his pregnant mother had arrived following her rescue from a local dog-fighting ring. Despite surviving this harrowing ordeal, the older pit bull found her troubles were far from over. Because the breed is banned in Ontario, squelching any hopes of adoption, Dallas’ mother and 20 fellow pit bull rescues simply found themselves on OSPCA’s kill-list. First Coast News SIX SHELTER DOGS GRADUATE FROM JACKSONVILLE-AREA INMATE TRAINING PROGRAM Six pooches earned diplomas Tuesday afternoon after completing training with inmates in a program at a local correctional facility. Action News Jax Dogs that were forced to fight for entertainment now recovering thanks to Pit Sisters JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It’s Destiny’s fifth day with the local nonprofit Pit Sisters and by the looks of her wagging tail, she couldn’t be happier. But if you look closer, her face and body are full of scars. She’s even missing chunks from her ears. Despite that, she’s seen big improvements. When she was rescued from a dogfighting ring, her eyes were swollen shut. The organization that took Destiny contacted the nonprofit’s founder, Jen Deane, to see if she could help. News 4 Jax Pit Sisters was able to rescue 20 dogs from dogfighting bust JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Draped in heavy chains with little to no food, dozens of dogs are still needing to be saved after a massive dogfighting bust in Georgia. "We saw on social media that there were 107 dogs being confiscated as part of a dogfighting bust up in Polk County, Georgia, so we immediately got involved," said Jen Deane, the executive director of Pit Sisters in Jacksonville. “I knew that it was a rural town and the shelters don’t have enough space, so I felt like we needed to jump in and help." Pit Sisters sent their canine aggression expert, Jim Crosby, to Polk Co. as the dogs were being confiscated. He worked with authorities there to survey the situation. “When Jim first went, the conditions were really bad. The dogs were out on chains, the way that they got fed, if at all, would be food thrown on the ground, scattered on the ground," explained Deane. "You can see their legs are bowed out from being on chains that are way too heavy for the dogs." The non-profit, was able to bring 20 of the dogs here to Jacksonville to give them a second chance at life.