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A happy ending for Indy

by Susan Wyatt


Posted on August 23, 2009 at 6:49 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 23 at 9:15 AM

indydog.jpgGood news to report. Indy, the service-dog-in-training who slipped away from his volunteer handler in Gig Harbor on Wednesday, was found last night and returned to the prison this morning.

Beth Rivard, the Director of Prison Pet Partnership, says Indy's movement patterns were tracked, and based on those patterns, two "safe areas" were established with food and familiar scents from blankets and clothing.
Beth says after Indy began trusting the environment, he connected the "safe house" with the people who lived there and began approaching.
On Saturday evening, he approached one of the Prison Pet Partnership Program's volunteers and allowed her to leash him up. He spent the evening at her home and was brought back to his prison home this morning.
Beth was grateful to everyone who helped search for Indy.
The Prison Pet Partnership Program rescues homeless dogs and trains them to become service dogs for people with disabilities and operates a boarding and grooming facility to provide vocational education to female offenders.