"Dude" The Dog's Life Saved But Will Not Return Home

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Updated: 6/17/2013 5:33 pm
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.
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Ronnie - 6/19/2013 1:19 PM
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The law says what it does, to bad the judge couldn't understand that. We don't need dogs who bite running the streets, and clearly this dog was not being kept in proper fencing. When you read the dangerous dog laws you will see it's not limited to bite only. This is about so much more than just this dog.

Priscilla - 6/19/2013 1:02 PM
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Looks to me like the owner surrendered or transferred the dog, so it would be her doing a violation of state law with the judges permission. Puhleeze don't get sidetracked on the breed, the law doesn't. When the Cold Nose guy hands the dog off, he will be guilty too.

PandaxR - 6/18/2013 9:57 PM
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Oh please Ronnie. IF there was a bite, it didnt break the skin, the dog was probably playing or the people did something they shouldnt have. The dog is a pitbull obviously and you, just like 60% of the other stupid humans on this planet think the entire breed is dangerous.

Ronnie - 6/18/2013 4:03 PM
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NRS 202.500 Dangerous or vicious dogs: Unlawful acts; penalties. Who gets the misdeameanor , AC or Judge

Ronnie - 6/18/2013 4:01 PM
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4. A person who knowingly: (a) Owns or keeps a vicious dog, for more than 7 days after the person has actual notice that the dog is vicious; or (b) Transfers ownership of a vicious dog after the person has actual notice that the dog is vicious, Ê is guilty of a misdemeanor. Didn't the judge read the law? Like Lyon County wants another bite dog.

Ronnie - 6/18/2013 3:43 PM
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They said library due?

Kramer - 6/18/2013 3:02 PM
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one of the local TV news stations had a video that captioned it "Due" the dog, library fine?
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