A Nova Scotia program that pairs convicts with dogs will be extended for a year.

Justice Minister Ross Landry says the provincial program, which allows inmates at a Dartmouth, N.S. jail help care for and train undisciplined dogs, gives offenders a better chance of becoming contributing members of society.

Last December, the government partnered with the Nova Scotia SPCA to launch the initiative as a pilot program at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility.

Since then, it has matched 12 offenders with more than 70 dogs that are prepared for adoption.

Landry issued a statement today saying since the government balanced the budget, it was able to extend the program.

It did not say how much the program will cost.