The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office presented the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA with a plaque of appreciation for their participation in the “New Leash on Life” program hosted by the Sheriff’s Office. The New Leash on Life program provides inmates in the Columbia County jail the opportunity to learn basic dog obedience skills, then in turn, train homeless dogs provided by the Humane Society. The skills that the dogs are taught by the inmates make the dogs more adoptable to potential homes. Charlene Marchand, professional Dog Trainer and Board Chairperson of the CGHS/SPCA provides weekly lessons to the inmates and dogs. The dogs stay with and are cared for by the inmates until the six-week training program is concluded.
From left to right: Captain John Davi of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, CGHS/SPCA Board Chairperson and Dog Trainer for “New Leash on Life” Charlene Marchand, CGHS/SPCA President Ron Perez, and Columbia County Sheriff David Harrison.