VANCEBORO, CRAVEN COUNTY -

Wednesday marked the 10-year anniversary of the "Leash on Life" program at the Craven Correctional Institution in Vanceboro.

The unique program allows inmates to partner with local animal shelters to train dogs before adoption.

The inmates teach dogs basic obedience, house training, and socialization. Dogs are also taught to walk on and off the lease and respond to basic commands.

Dogs graduate every eight weeks.

Through this program, inmates have the opportunity to receive certified training through the Department of Labor, which will help them get jobs once they get out of prison.

To obtain certification, inmates must complete 4,000 hours on-the-job training and 288 hours of related instruction.