RENO, NEV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)--After nearly six months with Washoe County Animal Services, "Dude" the dog will be released to Cold Nose Kennel in Lyon County.
A judge in Reno Justice Court made the decision early Monday morning as part of a plea agreement. Dude's owner, Sally Christensen surrendered Dude so he could live. As part of the agreement, Dude will never live with Christensen. Christensen was also ordered to pay a fine over $300 and over $1,200 in restitution to Washoe County Animal Services.
"I brought his muzzle, his little leash and collar because I thought he was coming home today," says Christensen.
She says the past six months have been very hard on her family.
"In order to save my dogs life, I surrendered him to Cold Nose Kennel," says Christensen.
The story of Dude has been four years in the making. Back in 2009, a bite report was filed against him and in 2011 a death sentence was issued. The death sentence was suspended for two years. In January of this year, Dude got out and another bite report was filed. In both cases, the reports say skin was never punctured. Christensen questions the "legality" of the bite.
"My dog is in no way shape or form dangerous," says Christensen.
There were observations made by animal control that the dog showed aggression. But, Dude's life was spared and he will be given a second chance. Tomorrow morning, Dude will be transfered to Lyon County's Cold Nose Kennel.
"What we'll start on is a program of rehabilitation and re-training with the end goal to find a full-time permanent home for him," says Gordon Hutting, the owner of Cold Nose Kennel.
Hutting says the process can take up to a year. He says if Dude isn't adoptable, he can to a sanctuary or finish out his life at cold nose kennel.
Christensen says it's not the outcome she hoped for, but she is glad Dude gets a second shot at life.