Mar 30, 2014 1:21 PM by AP
MONROE, La. (AP) - Inmates at the Ouachita Parish prison are helping upgrade pens for animals at the parish animal shelter.
Shelter director Hack Tull tells The News-Star that using inmate volunteers helps to cut the cost of the project and gives the inmates a chance to serve the community.
Because the shelter is saving on labor, the total cost to replace all 75 pens will be only the $17,000 expense for building supplies.
This is the first time the shelter has replaced all of the pens at one time. Tull says inmates replaced some pens about five years ago.
Most of the pens are rusty or have been damaged by the thousands of animals that pass through. In 2013, the shelter took in more than 7,200 animals.
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