• Tulsa County Jail gets new therapy dog to help imprisoned veterans

    By: Mariah Ellis

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    TULSA, Okla. - QUICK FACTS:

    • The Tulsa county jail has a new therapy dog named Casper. 
    • Casper, the dog recently graduated from CARE Rescue’s STAR Prison Dog program after working with inmates for 10 weeks with prisoners in Hominy.
    • The rescue group says the dog was likely abused and needed to be treated for a severe skin condition. Casper’s skin is very sensitive and burns easily, making it a challenge for the dog to be outside.
    • The dog has already been there for a week, and inmates say they have already noticed the atmosphere in the jail change. They say “Casper the Friendly Dog” is bringing something many who are incarcerated might not have- unconditional love.

    The Tulsa county jail has a new therapy dog named Casper. 

    Casper, the dog recently graduated from CARE Rescue’s STAR Prison Dog program after working with inmates for 10 weeks with prisoners in Hominy.

    The rescue group says the dog was likely abused and needed to be treated for a severe skin condition. Casper’s skin is very sensitive and burns easily, making it a challenge for the dog to be outside.

    While many of the dogs in the program found their forever home with a family or moved in with a foster family, Casper has found her home at David L. Moss where he will still with inmates in the county jail’s newest housing unit for veterans. 

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    Jail administrator David Parker says some of these veterans who have served our country have hit a little speed bump, and some day they will be your neighbors again. He says it was important and a part of the Sheriff’s decision to offer a quieter space for the veterans and help press for programs to help address some of these addictions.

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    The dog has already been there for a week, and inmates say they have already noticed the atmosphere in the jail change. They say “Casper the Friendly Dog” is bringing something many who are incarcerated might not have- unconditional love.


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