ALBION — A female inmate was bitten and a corrections officer exposed to blood after a PIT BULL attacked another dog at Albion Correctional Facility, according to the state corrections officers union.
The prison had just initiated a new canine program to help shelter dogs with poor socialization skills, New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association officials said in a news release. Participating inmates are responsible for helping the animals adjust, so they can be adopted.
The pit bull was one of two dogs at the facility, NYSCOPBA officials said. A snow fence was being used to keep them contained.
The pit bull attacked the other dog and the inmate was bitten when she tried to separate them. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she received six stitches in her hand.
Prison security staff were able to contain both dogs and put them in crates. They were then removed from the facility and returned to the shelter.
The guard exposed to blood was treated at the prison infirmary and remained on-duty.
“My immediate concern is that this program does not have the necessary resources and training to be effective and safe for our staff and inmates,” said Western Region Vice President Joe Miano of NYSCOPBA in a news release. “These are dogs, who are unfortunately aggressive and with poor socialization, which makes them very dangerous for inmates and staff who are not trained to handle canines.
“It is not prudent to introduce a new program without the proper planning and resources to be efficient and safe for everyone involved,” he continued. “It is my sincere hope that the administration at Albion takes these concerns seriously before someone else gets hurt.”