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Wolf hybrid starts "life sentence" guarding Angola

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ANGOLA - After being granted a stay of execution in exchange for a "life sentence" at the Angola state penitentiary, a wolf-dog hybrid named 'Chief,' will soon be guarding inmates.

The dog was slated to be euthanized for aggressive behavior, but Angola Warden Burl Cain stepped in to take the dog into their patrolling program.

Since budget cuts axed manned patrol towers, the prison has implemented dogs between the fences to keep the prisoners at bay.

"They know the dogs are gonna bite and for how long and how hard is a different story," said Capt. Robert Tycer, with the Louisiana State Penitentiary's K9 Division. "We've had several convicts that they would've hit the fence had it not been for the dogs."

Chief will be trained for the next few weeks before being released for duty.

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