Prison Guard Dog: Chief Has New Job After Almost Being Put Down

05/02/2012 01:45 pm ET | Updated May 09, 2012

NEW ROADS, La. -- The bad dog of the neighborhood has received a life prison sentence.

The wolf dog hybrid named Chief – once ordered destroyed for aggressive behavior – will become a guard dog at Louisiana's maximum security prison.

Best had ordered euthanasia for Chief last month 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 life guarding the perimeter of the 18,000-acre prison farm at Angola.