South Bend, Ind. Eight at-risk teens were honored Friday night at the Juvenile Justice Center. Project H.E.A.L. pairs troubled teens with shelter dogs from south bend animal care and control.
The kids teach the canines basic obedience, while they, in turn, learn qualities like leadership, discipline and patience.
Friday night a group of young inmates and their four-legged companions graduated from the program. It was a very emotional event for everyone and meant a lot to all involved.
“I cannot tell you how much these kids have led us,” says Brad Braydon from South Bend Animal Control. “Because now chief, mayor these kids have led this program into a path that they can take back to the community.”
The mayor even participated, spending time with a dog from the shelter.