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Fourth annual "Doggie Dash" scheduled for March 15

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 7:15 am | Updated: 8:20 am, Wed Mar 12, 2014.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- All the fun is going to the dogs - and their owners - at the upcoming fourth annual "Doggie Dash".

The event will again feature an 8K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run.

Doggie Dash is a major benefit event for the Department of Correction's various Dog Programs. This includes the HART Program at Wakulla Correctional Institution and the UTOPIA program at Taylor County Correctional Institution.

The program allows inmates to teach obedience training to shelter dogs in an effort to make them more adoptable. Inmate also provide, through the programs, specialized training for service, and search and rescue dogs.

Perri Dale, Assistant Director of the Tallahassee Animal Service Center, and Rhesa Rudolph, Assistant Director of the Commission for Independent Education, appeared Friday on WTXL ABC27 Sunrise to talk about the importance of these programs and why Doggie Dash is so important to keep the programs going.

The fourth annual Doggie Dash will be held on Saturday, March 15 from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Grove Park and Terrebone Drives in Southwood.

To learn more about the fourth annual Doggie Dash, visit You may also register for the even by visiting

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