Retiring Hennepin County K-9 to host dog adoption event

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A K-9 for the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will be soon be hanging up the badge after seven years on the force, but he won’t be leaving without making one final impression. 

Jake’s journey is one that began when he was just a pup. At two years old, he joined the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. 

“Calls in progress, felonies, aggravated robberies, stolen vehicles, people fleeing vehicles, warrant attempts when people are refusing to come out,” said Deputy Sheriff Jason Majeksi.

K-9 Jake, and his handler, Deputy Majeski have spent every waking and sleeping minute together for the last seven years. 

"Basically your partner every single day,” said Majeski. “I spend more time with my K-9 partner than I do with my family because he is with me 24/7.”

In all that time spent together, the two built a bond and established a strong working relationship for a successful career together. 

“There was one case not too long ago that we tracked 3.2 miles in a residential area and he located the suspect, tracked to the house, suspect was in the house,” said Majeski.

Over the course of his seven years on the force, K-9 Jake was deployed on 563 calls. After countless apprehensions and drug busts, it’s time for retirement. 

“He’s still very active,” said Majeski. “He can still do the job. It’s also good that he’s going to retire a little early and enjoy retirement a little more." 

Before Jake goes, Jason says the K-9 has one final assignment. He will be at an adoption event Friday in hopes of helping other dogs find their forever homes.

“We’re just trying to share the point that we want to get more dogs as family pets so they can share in their joy and happiness,” said Majeski. 

Jake’s journey now brings him home, where he will stay with Deputy Majeski. Jake will continue to protect and play, but not before he helps bring dozens of other dogs home too. 

“I couldn’t have asked for a better partner,” said Majeski.

The adoption event will be held at Minneapolis City Hall inside the rotunda from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a number of different rescue organizations with adoptable puppies.