More prisoners arrived at Airway Heights Corrections Center, only these are four-legged inmates who may get out soon if they can learn from their mistakes.
Spencer and Wrigley were picked up as strays by Spokanimal and because of their furry good looks quickly adopted. Unfortunately their new families returned them to the shelter because of behavioral problems.
"Wrigley our pug mix, I refer to him as our wild child he is very active, very outgoing," Kim Imel with Spokanimal said. "Spencer, he's my worry boy. He is a little bit worried about new things. He doesn't have the confidence that Wrigley does."
So now the Department of Corrections wants to know if specially trained inmates can help Spencer and Wrigley kick some of their bad habits.
"So that when you take that dog home he's used to having people around him. He's housebroken he knows how to go to the door and say I need out," Rich Hewson with Airway Heights Corrections Center said.
Jim Parmallee is serving a life sentence for a non-violent crime; he's one of 27 men in one unit who volunteered for the dog handling program
"Somebody's going to adopt this little doggie and once we teach him some manners and he gets used to his name this just the first of many dogs coming through here," he said.
Inmate Andy Flores will have his hands full with Wrigley and expects the dog to have a calming effect on other inmates.
"Their level of tension will come down a little bit because of the dog. The nice thing about having a dog in the compound is that guys will start using some emotions they have not used before," he said.
Flores has six to eight weeks to get Wrigley into shape, then it'll be time to give up the dog for adoption.
"A lot of us in prison, that's all we've done is take and now we're giving and you can't beat that," Flores said.
If all goes well with Spencer and Wrigley there will eventually be 12 Spokanimal dogs rotating through the corrections center. Unlike many of the inmates turned volunteer handlers, after spending time at the corrections center they will get a second chance.