A 49-year-old inmate Dusan and a shaggy mutt Cupko both lost their way in life before finding themselves behind bars in Serbia’s largest prison. They are hoping to leave together thanks to a social reintegration scheme.
The program is a novel approach to incarceration in Sremska Mitrovica, where inmates spend two hours a day teaching the dogs basic commands.
Working daily with Cupko touched something "primordial" in him, said Dusan, ruffling the black fur of the happily yelping dog. "It has been the most beautiful dream to be with the dogs."
Since the initiative was started two years ago, some 80 inmates have passed through 10-week training. The goal is to get the dogs ready for adoption by the public, but also to reduce reoffending rates by preparing convicts for employment in places like animal shelters or zoos.（AFP）
a new lease on life：片語，活得更精彩。例句：Recovering from operation, he has been given a new lease on life.（從手術復原後，他活得更有元氣。）
shaggy：形容詞，（毛髮）粗長而蓬亂的。例句：The shaggy dog quickly endeared himself to everyone.（這隻毛髮又濃又長的狗狗，迅速獲得眾人喜愛。）
yelp：動詞，（狗）吠叫；（因痛）叫喊。例句：She yelped as if being punched in the face.（她像是臉上挨揍般叫出來。）