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10 Detainees Graduate from Rescued Program

Gregory C. Dozier
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January 27, 2017

10 Detainees Graduate from Rescued Program at Colwell Probation Detention Center

8 dogs adopted following graduation

FORSYTH, Ga. On January 26, 10 detainees graduated from RESCUED, a dog rescue and rehabilitation program at Colwell Probation Detention Center in Blairsville, Ga., and eight of the 10 dogs from this class (or group 18) were adopted following the graduation.

“The RESCUED Program offers a second chance to both the detainees and the dogs they rescue,” said Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier. “During this 12-week program, the detainees also gain invaluable job skills that will greatly assist them once they return to society as law abiding citizens.”

RESCUED began in June 2012 and was the first dog rescue program established within the Department. Their mission is to rescue dogs from Colwell’s partners (Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter and Castoff Pet Rescue), which would otherwise be euthanized, while providing a positive impact on the detainees.

The following courses are completed: “Good Manners” (dog obedience techniques), Pet First Aid and CPR, On the Job Training in Grooming, Basic Animal Health, Basic Computer and Resume Building, Problem Solving Based on Spirituality, Workforce Development Career Coach, “How to Start a Small Business/Money Management”, and Anger Management. Detainees must also be enrolled in a GED courses if they do not already possess one.

“I came into this program down and defeated, wanting more than anything to change,” said Graduate Forrest Blake, “I can truly say that I have been rescued and given a second chance at life.”

This is the 18th group that has completed the Rescued program. For more information on RESCUED visit:

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 52,000 state prisoners. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 10,500 employees.

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