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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday December 19th, 2016 :: 06:06 p.m. PST


Detention Services to Launch Inmate Canine Training Program #sheriffvc

Nature of Incident: Detention Services to Launch Inmate Canine Training Program
Location: Detention Services Division -Todd Road Jail Facility
600 South Todd Road, Santa Paula
Date & Time: January 2017
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Detention Services Division will be launching a new interactive inmate program named “R.U.F.F. Road" (Rehabilitation Utilizing Furry Friends) scheduled to start in January 2017.  The 16-week collaborative program allows inmates who are instructed by expert dog trainers to train shelter dogs in preparation for adoption.
The Sheriff’s Office has established a partnership with Pivot Animal Assisted Education Outreach, a non-profit organization that aims to give dogs facing euthanasia at local shelters a second chance by providing them training that makes them more adoptable.  The inmates will teach basic obedience, house training, and socialization skills through positive reinforcement. 
Inmates will be selected for the program based on completion of an application, good behavior, participation in other Detention Services educational/vocational programs, and an interview with program staff.
This program allows inmates a chance to give back to their community by training dogs to be well-behaved American Kennel Club Good Citizen Pets.  While the dogs learn good behavior, trust, and skills that improve their adoption chances, the inmate’s gains patience, confidence, self-pride, communication and job skills.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Pivot hope to help the community by allowing jail inmates an opportunity to choose a different path in life; a life free of crime.  Pivot is one example of many organizations willing to work tirelessly to find and save last chance shelter dogs using inmates in county jails.
For more information about Pivot, please visit
Prepared by: Deputy Damian Schmidt  
News Release Date: December 19, 2016  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Shawn Pewsey (805) 933-6690
[email protected]
Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar  

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
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Ventura, CA 93003

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