Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
When I started this blog, my only intentions were to inform, enlighten and entertain. No heavy stuff here: Nothing political, controversial or “deep.”
By Jennifer Fischer
Since I am a Conservative, I share most of the views and stances Kevin takes on his pieces on This Just In. Those views include feeling that prisons should be just that: PRISONS. A deterrent for possible future criminals, a punishment for current ones. Prisoners should not have a nicer TV than I do, a better workout facility than Bally’s, or tastier food than something you’d see Rachel Ray whip up. In some extreme situations, quite frankly I don’t care if they are afforded even the basic human rights. But I will step away from this point of view for just a brief moment.
Awhile ago, I saw a special on AnimalPlanet about prison dogs. I have to say I was extremely impressed at the programs that linked prisoners with dogs who would otherwise be euthanized at local shelters. The beauty of these programs, I feel, is not in rehabilitating prisoners. I’m really not sure that is possible. The beauty lies in the fact that these dogs were facing their OWN death row until they were taken in by a foster parent inmate. These dogs go on to be adopted by families or better yet, are sometimes given to people with disabilities who need the help of service animal.
Safe Harbor is one of the many prison dog programs throughout the United States. They were founded in August 2004 and are proud of their success stories.
Women’s prisons also participate in canine rehab programs, such as Second Chance For Life in Hernando County, Florida:
Wisconsin has a successful program as well.
Better than making license plates, these rehabilitation programs have a positive impact on special dogs who will be placed in homes where they are loved and cared for. Now THAT is something I can support.
You go, girl! LOVE that second paragraph!
We close with our DOGS IN THE NEWS segment. This week, our story is about a miracle dog.
It's going to be a great dog-walking weekend. Remember those plastic baggies!
UPDATE ON 5/31 @ 9:00 PM:
This was sent from a This Just In reader in Las Vegas. We gladly include it in our DOGS IN THE NEWS segment.
Also tonight, Pawprints Across Your Heart in Greendale sent us their June newsletter that we are happy to share with you.
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