About a thousand dogs have been trained in the Arkansas Department of Correction's program. It's not uncommon for an animal lover to say she was "rescued" by her dog, but Natalie Johnson has a stronger claim than most. Twelve years ago, Johnson was tending bar at the American Legion in downtown Little Rock when a man walked in with a gun. Johnson complied with his demands for money, but he shot her anyway — and pistol-whipped her so severely she lost vision in one eye as a result of the head trauma. He turned out to be a repeat violent offender who had been released from state prison months earlier. "I was a survivor of domestic violence ... and that was the breaking point," Johnson recalled recently. "It was just a...
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Paws in Prison gives dogs, inmates and owners a new leash on life