Chris Vogt was convicted of second-degree murder in 1998 and was serving a 48-year sentence at a Colorado correctional facility. But now he is working with rescued shelter dogs to help children, and maybe even redeem himself a little.
This story is one of recovery – a rescue dog, a prisoner, and a little boy who learned a lot from each other about empathy and understanding.
Zachary Tucker was a 9-year-old boy who was suffering with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. He wouldn’t allow anyone to touch him. He had a hard time getting along with other kids in school and would often have meltdowns.
Zach stopped hugging his parents when he was 5, and by the time he was 9-years-old, the third grader was still doing kindergarten work.
Suzy, Zach’s mom, was at her wits end. She didn’t know what else to do, and was getting desperate, so finally she decided to try a very unusual possible solution, an inmate.
As part of the Colorado Cell Dogs program in the prison system, inmates have been given the chance to help others by training rescue dogs to be service animals. Chris joined the program, and for him, redemption would come in the form of helping children with autism.
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