(CBS/AP) NEW ROADS, Lousiana - A wolf-dog hybrid that seemed headed for a life on the wrong side of the tracks is now working with the law.
The animal named Chief was once ordered destroyed for aggressive behavior, but instead he'll become a guard dog at Louisiana's maximum security prison.
And yes, it's a life sentence.
The Advocate reports that District Judge James Best on Tuesday signed an order turning over Chief to the state prison system, which plans to put the dog to work at the
Louisiana State Penitentiary.
The judge last month had ordered that Chief be euthanized, after his neighbors in Pointe Coupee Parish testified that the dog would frequently escape from his owners' property and terrorize them.
Deputy Warden Bruce Dodd said prison officials read about the dog and decided he could have a productive - and appropriately aggressive existence - guarding the perimeter of the 18,000-acre prison farm at Angola.