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Pauls Valley facility will become K-9 training center

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The former Southern Oklahoma Resource Center has been acquired by the Department of Corrections. (KTEN) The former Southern Oklahoma Resource Center has been acquired by the Department of Corrections. (KTEN)

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is making a new home in Pauls Valley at what used to be the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center.

The department plans to use the land as a training facility, but not for the people -- for dogs.

"Right now we're running our K-9 program out of some old Navy firing range bunkers," said DOC spokesman Matt Elliott, who adds that the Pauls Valley center will be a much-needed upgrade.

"You've got to have proper ventilation, you kind of got to have other things set up specifically for that," he said.

K-9 units aren't the only beneficiaries of the new center. 

"It gives us a chance to get some training for some of our inmates, who are going to get out and need a way to earn a living legitimately on the outside," Elliott said.

With all the land the area offers, the DOC found it was too good of a deal to pass up.

"There are a number of buildings that are there on site," Elliott said. "There's a lot of some good land, some good pasture out there for our beef cattle operation."

He noted that while there are 23 buildings on the former SORC site, which closed in 2015. Some are in poor condition, with asbestos abatement required.

The conversion of the property is still in the early stages, and there's no timetable when the new K-9 training center will be ready.

The Southern Oklahoma Resource Center had previously been a home for developmentally disabled citizens.

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