BUFFALO, N.Y. — Inmates at the Erie County Correctional Facility are getting a flock of baby pheasants and a couple of dogs.

Sheriff Timothy Howard says 650 pheasant chicks arrived last week at the jail’s Inmate Pheasant Brooding Program. Inmates raise the game birds and release them in the fall as part of a partnership with the Department of Conservation to increase the western New York pheasant population.

Howard says the jail also got two new puppies for its Pups at the Pen program. Gaston is an 18-month-old retriever mix and Dino is a 4-year-old terrier mix.

The dogs will live with inmates who will socialize and train them. At the end of training, the dogs will be available for adoption through the SPCA of Erie County.

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