A story of love, loss, hope and redemption: PRISON DOGS focuses on the impact of a unique dog training program that gives a second chance to two of the most marginalized populations in our society — prison inmates and veterans. Filmed at Fishkill State Correctional Facility in New York, the documentary follows three inmates serving long-term sentences for murder and armed robbery who have been selected to participate in a program that trains service dogs for veterans.
Typically, the men spend their days mired in a tangle of frustration, regret, hopelessness, and anger. Enter Gloria Gilbert Stoga, a feisty, brilliant dog expert with a tough love, no-nonsense attitude and a firm belief in second chances. Gloria runs the program, Puppies Behind Bars, which teaches a select group of inmates to train puppies to become service dogs for disabled veterans, whether suffering from PTSD or physical injuries that render them immobile.The process is daunting; inevitably, there are failures, both human and canine. And yet, in spite of feelings of self-doubt, the inmates discover the merits of responsibility, accomplishment, and helping others.
Through the lives of the prisoners, veterans, and service dogs, PRISON DOGS captures in detail how the powerful relationship between humans and animals can restore the lives of those deemed impossible to save.