Rosie is a special dog helping kick off the new program pairing inmates with dogs at the Ontario County Jail.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and Ontario County Humane Society teamed up to start a program called Jail and T.A.I.L.S (Teaching Animals and Inmates Life Skills).

The goal of the program is to help a dog become adoptable through behavior correction and training. It also teaches inmates skills in animal training, animal handling, animal grooming and general animal care. Inmates get life skills that can be used when they are released from custody in a veterinarian tech setting or as a volunteer for animal care.

“Rosie” is a special dog who is being named after Rose Marrow, former jail matron, and wife of former Sheriff Ray Marrow, from many years ago. Rosie is an 8-month-old border collie and has been assigned to a vetted inmate. Rosie will live in the jail POD housing area for a period of 6 weeks, where she will learn obedience, socialization and other skills.

Once the 6 week program is completed, Rosie will return to the Humane Society and will be put up for adoption. Another dog will be selected to replace her and will got through the same process.

Rosie has been with the county now for several weeks and she has already made an impact on the program, said Sheriff Kevin Henderson.