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Meet the dog teaching Maine’s inmates how to care again

HOULTON, Maine — No one wants to be at the Aroostook County Jail more than Libby.

She happily prowls the hallways and jail confinement areas in search of activity.

She loves to go out in the exercise yard.

And the staffers go out of their way to please her with treats.

All this, for a 7-year-old yellow lab-husky mix who has spent the past six weeks making both inmates and staff smile.

Local jail administrators were aware of dogs being used in prisons around the country and had been considering a dog for the facility for about a year.

Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall said Thursday that he thought a dog would reduce stress and teach prisoners valuable lessons, such as having to care for something other than themselves. They needed to work to find the right kind of dog to fit in at the jail and live with the residents, and the Central Aroostook Humane Society in Presque Isle helped provide the answer — at no cost.

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