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Here & Now has spent the last year following Bailey, a budding service dog raised by the Western Massachusetts-based NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services) organization.
During the week, NEADS dogs are trained by, and live with, prison inmates (under the expert guidance of professional dog trainers). Then, on weekends, the dogs go to families. Bailey started his life with inmate Bernard, but after committing an infraction, Bernard lost Bailey, who was transferred to inmate Antonio.
In this segment, Bailey meets his new owner, Ashley, who has weakness in her arms and also uses a wheelchair. Here & Now's Robin Young reports.
This segment aired on May 25, 2016.