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Baby food helping Sacramento K-9 Reno recover

Sacramento Police K-9 Reno is fed baby food during his recovery.
Sacramento Police K-9 Reno is fed baby food during his recovery.

Sacramento Police K-9 Reno continues to recover from his fight with a fleeing suspect, aided by squeeze-able baby food packets.

The Sacramento Police Canine Association posted a photo to Facebook of someone feeding Reno with a packet of the harvest vegetables and chicken with quinoa variety. The caption read, “If you were ever wondering how to give a finicky Malinois his medicine. HappyBaby works!”

Reno was injured in a fight on Sept. 12 allegedly by Fernando Sanchez, who is accused of ramming the gate of a Sacramento police facility, leading officers on a chase and attacking a homeowner.

Reno’s human partner spotted a reckless driver on Marysville Boulevard and followed him. The truck rammed the gate of the William J. Kinney Police Facility, drove through the parking lot and smashed his way out the facility’s back gate. He continued across Rosalind Street and crashed into the gate of a residence.

He jumped out of the truck and took off, pursued by Reno. Sanchez allegedly fought with Reno and another canine association post said he slashed Reno in the side, causing two lacerations. Reno received 69 sutures, according to the post.

Sanchez, 42, was released from the hospital Friday and was booked on suspicion of robbery, attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, evading, felony vandalism and harming a police dog, the Sacramento Police Department announced Tuesday. Sanchez was shot in the leg and hit a Taser before he was taken into custody Sept. 12.

The canine association identified Reno’s human partner as Officer Zachary Yasonia. Another post said Reno has been able to go on some car rides with Yasonia.

California Highway Patrol and the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe showed a group of kids last week what K9 dogs can do. Duffy is both a narcotics detection dog and a bite dog. He showed the children how he alerts to drugs and also demonstrated a b

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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