Several labradoodles neglected by their owner and cared for by Sheriff Arpaio's MASH unit are about to begin new lives as service dogs.
Arizona's Foundation for Service Dog Support hand-picked three of the rehabilitated dogs that were found infected with hundreds of ticks, so many that the animals had little remaining coat when they were found on the property of a backyard breeder in Buckeye on Sept. 13.
Of the eight labradoodles that were rescued, one of them died.
With constant care by female inmates, sheriff's detention staff and veterinarians, all but one labradoodle not only survived but thrived.
The three dogs will now be trained to assist police, fire, clergy, military veterans and teachers who need mobility, psychological service or medical alert dogs to help them with their daily lives.
Inmates in the air-conditioned MASH unit in the First Avenue Jail treat animals brought in that were either abused or neglected until they are well enough to be placed for adoption.
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