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.
Thank you for reading the MtDemocrat.com digital edition. In order to continue reading this story please choose one of the following options.
If you are a current subscriber and wish to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com, please select the Subscriber Verification option below. If you already have a login, please select "Login" at the lower right corner of this box.
Special Introductory Offer
For a short time we will be offering a discount to those who call us in order to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com and start your print subscription. Our customer support team will be standing by Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm to assist you.
If you are not a current subscriber and wish not to take advantage of our special introductory offer, please select the $12 monthly option below to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com and start your online subscription
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.