Brevard County Jail Inmates Comfort Dogs at Animal Care Center During July 4th Fireworks
By Space Coast Daily // July 5, 2022
inmates comfort dogs during the peak hours of fireworks
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As everyone is well aware, dogs often get anxiety and frightened because of fireworks and other loud noises that can be heard on the 4th of July.
As a result, a few years ago our team decided to take a new approach to help calm the dogs at our Animal Care Center by having inmates comfort them during the peak hours of fireworks.
What originally started as a suggestion by a number of our citizens, turned into an amazing idea to help calm our homeless pets, so last night, for the third year in a row, our Chain Gang and other inmate work crews will be comforting the dogs at the Animal Care Center by reading to them, playing with them, and even feeding them treats during the peak hours of celebration on Independence Day.
Our goal is to not only help calm the dogs but also to help build and instill a sense of purpose and compassion in the inmates that will hopefully aid them as they transition back into society once they have served their time.
I want to personally thank everyone at our Animal Care Center, our Work Crew Supervisors and of course, the inmates for dedicating their time to help our furry citizens rest peacefully this 4th of July and of course our citizens for all they do to help keep our community a great place to call home.
As I always say, “It takes a community to protect a community!”
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey