IDOC spokesperson, Tom Shaer, says there hasn't been a prison escape in years, so there is really no reason to have the dogs on staff. 31-year old Jared Carter fled from the minimum-security prison on August 30. He was found four days after his escape, about six miles away from the prison.
DOC says the prison was able to use the county sheriff department's K-9 unit in its search. Those dogs arrived within a half-hour of Carter's escape.
Shaer says none of the 30-correctional facilities in Illinois have K-9 units. He insists there's no need to use taxpayer dollars to house and handle the dogs. Shaer says the absence of dogs played no role in the search for Jared Carter.
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