Donations sought after loss of K-9 unit

By From page A9 | April 20, 2012

In the wake of the loss of Asko, one of the El Dorado Sheriff’s K-9 units, the El Dorado County Canine Association is seeking donations for their next crime-fighting dogs.

The dogs not only provide safety for deputies and citizens, a press release said, but they are also involved in numerous felony arrests.

Canines trained for law enforcement cost an average of $10,000. The loss of Asko, who passed away from unexpected natural causes on March 20, left a hole that will need to be filled.

The dogs and their handlers live together and work together about 40 hours a week, Lt. Tim Becker said in a press release. Asko worked for six years with Deputy Jeffrey Tucker, who is also president of the Canine Association, catching 17 violent criminals. Asko simply being present at hundreds of other arrests proved helpful, Becker said, and suspects often surrendered simply because the canine arrived at the scene.

The Canine Association is a non-profit public charity. “Any donations are greatly appreciated and will help us provide a valuable service to our community,” Tucker said.

All donations are tax deductible under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRS #94-3162854).

Questions or donations can be directed to Deputy Jeff Tucker, President, El Dorado County Canine Association, P.O. Box 1721, Shingle Springs, CA 95682. Tucker can be reached at 530-621-7400, ext. 8885.

Cole Mayer

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