Brevard County Jail inmates comfort dogs at animal care center during 4th of July fireworks

inmates comfort dogs during peak fireworks hours

As everyone well knows, dogs often get anxious and scared because of fireworks and other loud noises that can be heard on the 4th of July. As a result, a few years ago our team decided to take a new approach to help calm the dogs at our animal care center by asking inmates to comfort them during peak fireworks hours. (BCSO picture)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As everyone knows, dogs often get anxious and scared because of fireworks and other loud noises that can be heard on the 4th of July.

As a result, a few years ago our team decided to take a new approach to help calm the dogs at our animal care center by asking inmates to comfort them during peak fireworks hours.

What started as a suggestion by a number of our citizens, turned into an incredible idea to help calm our homeless pets, so last night, for the third year in a row, our Chain Gang and Other inmate work crews will comfort the dogs at the Animal Care Center by reading to them, playing with them and even giving them treats during the busy Independence Day hours.

Our goal is not only to help calm the dogs, but also to help create and instill a sense of purpose and compassion in the inmates which will hopefully help them in their reintegration into society once that they will have served their sentence.

I want to personally thank everyone at our animal care center, our work team supervisors and of course, the inmates for dedicating their time to helping our furry citizens rest peacefully this 4th of July and of course our citizens for all they do to help keep our community a great place to call home.

As I always say, “It takes a community to protect a community!”

– Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Benjamin M. Yerger