Judge James Best signed an order releasing custody of Chief who was set to be killed for not staying in his yard and “terrorizing” the neighborhood though never hurting anyone or biting anyone. His new home is to be the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections at the request of prison officials who want to use the wolf hybrid as a guard dog at Angola Maximum Security Prison.
Judge Best said shortly after his ruling that he was contacted by Angola Warden Burl Cain, who wanted to take Chief into custody for guard dog service at the state’s 18,000-acre maximum security prison. Angola has created a program using Wolf Hybrid’s to help guard the prison at night since budget cuts have reduced the number of guards they can employ. As part of the decision to allow Chief to become a member of the Prison Guard Patrol Angola must properly feed and house him and he must be seen by a veterinarian regularly. Chief will be working with a handler to train him for his new life.