Sacto 9-1-1
February 28, 2012
Echo the police dog on the job thanks to East Sacramento Rotary

The Sacramento Rotary Club has donated $10,000 for a new police dog.

The Rotary Club of East Sacramento will formally present a check to Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel on Wednesday for the new canine. The donation commemorates Rotary member Bob Jennings, a former president of the club and avid supporter of the police K9 unit. Jenning's son is a Sacramento Police Officer.

The new dog, Echo, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois is already on the job. Echo and his handler, Officer John Azevedo, have completed a three-month training period and hit the streets last week.

The East Sacramento Rotary has been a long-time supporter of the department's police dogs, which are sent into dangerous spots to root out suspects. In 2007, the club funded a regional K9 training facility and provided the labor to build it.

The American Kennel Club notes that the Malinois is an alert and energetic breed. Although they resemble the German Shepherd, the Malinois is "more elegant in build and lighter boned, but does not lack for strength."

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