By Deputy Anthony Jenkins
Ado, a German Shepherd, was born in Holland in 2004. The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department purchased Ado in May of 2005 from a kennel in Indiana. Ado and two other canines were handpicked by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department K9 Sergeant and team trainer to join our team. The newest members of the team were flown out to us. As myself and the two other handlers traveled to San Francisco airport to greet their arrival, I was apprehensive about what my new partner would be like. Would he be an aggressive canine that tries to bite me? Would our personalities be a good fit together? As soon as Ado got off the plane and I met him, I laid all my worries aside. We instantly bonded and I knew we were going to be a great team together.
Ado was a “green” dog, meaning he had no training when he came to me. Together, we went through an intensive training program. Ado was a natural and excelled during our training. After several months of rigorous training we certified and in November of 2005 were ready to starting working the streets. Shortly after certifying, Ado apprehended his first two criminals. Ado and I were out on patrol early in the morning when a call was broadcast of a burglary in progress at a pharmacy. We responded to the call. Ado located and apprehended two suspects that were hiding out in the attic of the pharmacy. Our early success as a team continued, and within the first few months working together Ado apprehended ten criminals. This is an outstanding accomplishment for a newly training canine.
In addition to helping protect the streets of Sacramento, Ado also participated in canine demonstrations at local elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as other public events. When Ado was not at work, he enjoyed competing in Police Canine Competitions where he showed off his abilities in search, agility, obedience, and handler protection. Ado also enjoyed spending time with the family and other family pets and being taken to the groomers to get baths.
On Sunday, January 18, 2009, at approximately 7:00 pm, Ado and I responded to a report of a carjacking that had just occurred. Two male suspects had assaulted an elderly man and took his vehicle. As Ado and I were responding to the area where the carjacking occurred, I spotted the vehicle that had been taken traveling in the opposite direction. I made a u-turn and positioned my patrol vehicle directly behind the carjacked vehicle. I advised the dispatcher of my finding and requested additional deputies to my location. As I was waiting for additional deputies to assist me, the driver of the carjacked vehicle turned into an apartment complex and I followed in behind them. The driver and the passenger jumped out and fled from the vehicle. Ado and I exited our patrol vehicle and Ado proceeded to chase after the driver of the vehicle. Ado pursued after the suspect through the apartment complex and out onto a main street of traffic where they went across four lanes of traffic. Just as Ado was about to leap to apprehend the suspect, a civilian vehicle struck Ado, killing him instantly. Both suspects got away that evening. Five days later both suspects were captured and taken into custody.
Ado is greatly missed by me, his family, and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Canine Detail. Ado was a dedicated partner whose time ended too soon.