On couches across the U.S. on any given evening, millions of dogs curl up next to someone watching TV - a pretty ordinary occurrence. But when Byram, a black-and-white mixed breed pooch, would sit on Candido Santiago's bed, barking at the Giants while Santiago cheered the footballers on, it was a decidedly atypical arrangement.
Rescuers had recently saved Byram from life as a stray, and Santiago, his foster and trainer, was nearing the end of a decade in prison.
The duo was part of a program called Don't Throw Us Away, which pairs nonviolent inmates with stray and abused dogs. Santiago and Byram are among those profiled in "Dogs on the Inside," a documentary that debuted Tuesday.
Santiago was one of the first inmates to raise dogs at a low-security prison in Springfield, Massachusetts. "I signed up thinking I'll have someone to talk to," Santiago, now released from prison, told The Dodo. "I didn't know, at first, how deep it was."
Candido Santiago with Byram ("Dogs on the Inside")