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States could learn from this man

SHERIFF JOE IS AT IT AGAIN
Maricopa County was spending approx. $18 million dollars a year on stray animals, like cats and dogs. Sheriff Joe offered to take the department over, and the County Supervisors said okay. The animal shelters are now all staffed and operated by prisoners. They feed and care for the strays. Every animal in his care is taken out and walked twice daily. He now has prisoners who are experts in animal nutrition and behavior. They give great classes for anyone who'd like to adopt an animal. He has literally taken stray dogs off the street, given them to the care of prisoners, and had them place in dog shows. The best part? His budget for the entire department is now under $3 million.

The prisoners get the benefit of about $0.28 an hour for working, but most would work for free, just to be out of their cells for the day. Most of his budget is for utilities, building maintenance, etc. He pays the prisoners out of the fees collected for adopted animals.
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Love it!!

What a great story. How wonderful for all involved. In my opinion, animals make everyone feel special. We all need a little more love in the world especially those who are in prison. Plus it saved the taxpayer's lots of money. A win/win for all.

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I've seen programs like this on t.v, and I think they're GREAT. One was a boy's home. They had to work, and behave well enough to get the "privledge" of taking on a dog. They'd feed it, walk it , go through training. Then be part of the selection for the adoption. Then, they'd have a "graduation" for the boy and dog. And the dog would go home with it's new owner It was heartbreaking. All these "tough" teenage boys, reduced to tears, watching their dogs leave. But, they really learned a lot from the whole thing.
I think these programs are awesome!

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I really like what the Sheriff has done for Maricopa County for the most part. His methods can be unorthodox but they work.

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Sheriff Joe is pretty popular out here. The press doesn't particularly like him, but everyone else seems to. I hadn't heard of this program, but it sounds like a great one.

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Wow - it sounds like a great program!!

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http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/arpaio.asp

Here's a snopes article about Sheriff Joe. Sounds like the animal shelter part of the story is exaggerated, but that he has done some good things for abused animals. He has converted an old jail into a shelter/hospital, manned by inmates, for animals that are involved in cruelty cases and awaiting the outcome of court cases. They also take in animals from people who have checked into domestic violence shelters.

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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-02-2008, 09:59 AM
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I've seen this at work in women's prisons as well. There was Dog Whisperer show where he went to the prison to work with the women. This also teaches compassion which is great as many of the people in prison have never experienced it.

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Think of where our country would be in 4 years if we could elect him as our next president. He'd for sure get my vote.

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Think of where our country would be in 4 years if we could elect him as our next president. He'd for sure get my vote.
AMEN!!!

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