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March 8, 2013

‘Dogs of Lexington’ premieres to crowd

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“When (my dad) came out, he was a better person,” Griffin said. “The Dogs of Lexington” is dedicated to Marvin Perry, who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in July.

“In order to train the pets, you have to be patient,” John Otto Jr. said, who called Star his shining star and Perry a friend. “The inmate has to be teachable, just like the pet.”

Dr. Otto said the next step is expansion of the program to the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center to train companion dogs specially for returning veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome. He has written a manual for establishing prison dog training programs, with other authors working on a children’s book about Perry and Star’s story and a book telling the stories of the dogs in the program.

A second private screening will be March 27, hosted by the Kirkpatrick Foundation as part of the foundation’s Safe and Humane efforts to make the state the safest and most humane place for pets by 2032. 

“The Dogs of Lexington” has been entered in the deadCENTER Film Festival, and those who worked on it said there are hopes that with national distribution, it could help inspire and instruct programs in other correctional facilities.

 

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