DALLAS -- Rusty is on doggie death row.
You remember he bit a two-year-old at a Dallas Pets Alive! adoption event in December at Klyde Warren Park, and now a judge proclaimed he's a danger and must be put down.
Rusty also has a history with NewsFix. Hundreds of dogs have graced the screen in our series, Ruff Life, all of them looking for a forever family through rescue group Dallas Pets Alive!
With other dogs nearby the day of his shoot, he was a little high strung, whimpering toward the energetic display happening beyond his tethered reach. It was the clear action of a high energy, young dog.
The day was also a great chance for the dog, who was found as a stray when he followed a man out of the woods, to display his developing discipline and focus. He walked well on his leash and sat when asked.
Just as he was relying on people to save him then, he's doing the same now.
Dallas Pets Alive! is appealing his sentence Monday, saying:
"We strongly believe that this was an isolated incident as Rusty had been in the care of our foster team for a year and had shown no signs of aggression/biting and interacted positively with children."
They say there's a sanctuary in New York they work with that will take him in and keep him for the rest of his life.
That only happens, though, if their appeal is successful.
Of course, it's all up to the judge to decide.