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By The Staff

Drug sniffing dogs forced to live in prison

LAS CRUCES — Two drug-sniffing dogs are no longer staying with their handlers and instead are taking up residence at the state penitentiary in Santa Fe.

The dogs normally work at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility west of Las Cruces.

For years the dogs stayed overnight at kennels at their handlers’ homes.

This year, the Corrections Department decided to enforce a 2005 policy requiring that all working dogs be housed at kennels on prison grounds.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Tia Bland said Tuesday the decision will not be reversed.

The specially trained dogs will spend three months getting acclimated to living away from their handlers.

The Corrections Department and the Governor’s Office are getting a lot of flak over the decision with some calling it “inhumane” treatment of the dogs.

Northrop Grumann delivers N.M. sub

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The nation’s sixth Virginia-class submarine has been delivered to the Navy.

Northrop Grumman Corp. said Tuesday that the 7,800-ton New Mexico was completed in 70 months, the shortest overall construction time of any Virginia-class submarine.

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