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One dog at Eastern Correctional still looking for home

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MAURY, N.C. - As the dog training program at Eastern Correctional Institution cuts its session short, one dog is still looking for a home.

The prison’s New Leash On Life program was stopped about halfway through its summer session because the prison is in the process of converting from a men’s medium security to a women’s minimum security.

For the past decade, every 10 weeks, the prison would welcome in four dogs for a select group of inmates to train. Three of the summer session’s dogs have already been adopted, but Lyla, a female black lab mix, is still looking for her forever home.

“She is a sweet, friendly and well-behaved young dog who is friendly to everyone and other dogs.  Not sure why someone has not stepped up to adopt her,” said New Levels Dog Trainer, Linda Monaco.

Lyla is 32 pounds and estimated to be 10 to 12 months old. She’s had 5 weeks of intensive training for obedience and manners and is doing very well. 

If you’d like to learn more about Lyla or meet her, contact Debbie Mooring with Greene County Animal Partners at 252-814-7560.


The Eastern Correctional Institution will see major changes in the next few months under the proposed budget.

The facility will convert from a medium security men's prison to a minimum security women's prison by November.

According to Keith Acree, communications officer for the adult correction division of the N.C. Department of Public Safety, the change in the budget reduces the staff by half.

Right now, there are about 200 employees at the institution, and the budget cuts 102 of those positions since fewer staff are needed to supervise inmates at a minimum security facility.

Acree says the conversion should be complete by November 1st.

9 On Your Side was at Eastern Correctional in July to highlight the prison's New Leash On Life (NLOL) program. Click here for that story.

New Leash On Life is a statewide initiative where inmates train dogs from local shelters to make them more adoptable. The program has been at Eastern Correctional for nearly a decade.

"The New Leash on Life dog training program will resume after the conversion to female inmates," said Acree. "Once the female inmates arrive and new dog trainers are trained, the program will resume its usual cycle of training and adopting dogs every 10 weeks."

Volunteer trainer with NLOL, Linda Monaco, says right now, there are two dogs currently in the program and they need to find homes by the end of August. Two other dogs with the program were adopted out already to families.

Usually the dogs are given 10 weeks of intensive professional training, yet this group's training will be cut short because of the transition.

Click the links below to view the dogs up for adoption:
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