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Training Abused Dogs Teaches Youths Skills and Self-Confidence

Maria Redin

When the police arrest people who abuse their pets, that doesn’t necessarily mean the animals will go on to lead happy lives. Neglected and battered animals can shut down or become aggressive in response to repeated mistreatment, and that doesn’t make them popular at adoption shelters. Many end up being euthanized.
One Chicago nonprofit has figured out a way to give abused dogs a second chance, and in the process help young men who have gotten into legal trouble.

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