The Oneida County Sheriff's Office has introduced the most recent graduate from the County Jail's "Wags to Riches" program.

The program partners with the Stevens Swan Humane Society and places dogs from the shelter in the jail with pre-selected inmates.

For six to eight weeks, the inmates are responsible for feeding, grooming and training the dogs

Sheriff Rob Maciol says one goal of the program is to find homes for the dogs like "Dexter."  He says the other is to provide viable job and life skills to the inmates so they can reenter the community on a positive path and attain productive employment.

"Dexter" is the second dog to graduate from the program.

The Wags to Riches program is funded totally though the SSHS and the Inmates Programs Unit and is of no cost to the taxpayers of Oneida County.