Former Bait Dog to Be First in “New Leash on Life” Program


Sweet Pea is a former bait dog that has been rescued.  She will be the first of hopefully many former fighting dogs that will benefit from the “New Leash on Life USA Program” aimed at giving these dogs a second chance at a good life.

The program will be using prison inmates to train these dogs.  Not only is it good for the dog to know that not every human out there is going to abuse, but it helps with the inmates as well.

The inmates will be with the dogs 4 hours a day, for a total of 12 weeks.  After that, Sweet Pea will be taking the Canine Good Citizen test, which will dictate how well suited to being adopted out to family she is.

“Sweet Pea tugs at the hearts of everyone she meets,” said Kathy McGuire. McGuire is the president and founder of NJ Aid for Animals.  “We understand the trauma and hardship the dogs we rescue have endured.  NJ Aid for Animals looks at the whole dog – body, mind, and spirit.  We’re confident the New Leash on Life USA program will bring out the best in [Sweet Pea].”

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