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Dogs from jail program to be available for adoption at Snellville Farmers Market

Gwinnett County inmate Ryan Costanzo visits for the first time with a mixed breed male dog named Bruce who will be the newest dog to join the Operation Second Chance program at the Gwinnett County Jail in Lawrenceville Tuesday. When Bruce was discovered in Lilburn on March 6, his ears were missing and the top of his head was burned. The Operation Second Chance is a program where inmates from the Gwinnett County Jail help train dogs that would otherwise be euthanized at the shelter. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

Gwinnett County inmate Ryan Costanzo visits for the first time with a mixed breed male dog named Bruce who will be the newest dog to join the Operation Second Chance program at the Gwinnett County Jail in Lawrenceville Tuesday. When Bruce was discovered in Lilburn on March 6, his ears were missing and the top of his head was burned. The Operation Second Chance is a program where inmates from the Gwinnett County Jail help train dogs that would otherwise be euthanized at the shelter. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

The Snellville Farmers’ Market has built a reputation as the place to buy fresh produce and local wares.

This summer it could also be the place to find your new best friend.

Organizers announced last week that Operation Second Chance, an organization that places dogs and cats cared for by Gwinnett jail inmates with new owners, will be on hand at the weekend events.

“We are so excited that the Jail Dogs program will be participating in the Snellville Farmers’ Market,” volunteer organizer Gretchen Schulz said. “They plan to come to eight markets, bringing dogs that have been rescued from the animal shelter, trained by an inmate and are eligible for adoption. … It is an awesome program that rescues the dogs brought into the program and benefits the inmate trainers by providing them with responsibility.”

Schulz directed people to learn more about the organization, founded in 2010 as a partnership between Sheriff Butch Conway, his department and the Society of Human Friends of Georgia, at its website www.jaildogs.org.

The market also plans to welcome back Diva’s Pit Bill Rescue, a Snellville-based organization that will participate twice a month.

The Snellville Farmers’ Market opens June 7. It will be held from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays through September, at the city’s town green. For more information, go to www.snellvillefarmersmarket.com.