Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sad update on Boise Police K-9 Jardo

It is with heavy hearts we pass along the news Jardo passed away late Wednesday night.

He was home with his family when they began to notice he was acting strangely. They called the vet then rushed him to the hospital where he died after going into cardiac arrest.

"After an amazing initial recovery, BPD was shocked to learn of Jardo's passing, our Department is deeply saddened by his loss," said Boise Police Chief William Bones.  “Jardo served our community and though we were blessed with these few extra days to share with him, he ultimately gave his life in the protection of fellow officers.”

Jardo was shot one time through the chest on Friday while working as a K9 member of our Special Operations Unit. He and his team were searching for a suspect when that suspect opened fire, shooting Jardo and two other officers.  One officer remains in the hospital; the other injured officer was released from the hospital the next day.  Jardo underwent surgery and seemed to be on his way to a full recovery. He attended a candlelight vigil for law enforcement on Tuesday night and visited the police station on Wednesday, seeking out BPD members for every bit of petting he could obtain. Sadly, he passed away from complications Wednesday night. 

Jardo is a Belgian Malinois and was born in Europe. He joined the Boise Police Department in 2013 when he was 2 years old. He was trained to track and apprehend dangerous criminals. Jardo was also trained to find evidence of crimes and locate dangerous street drugs. Arrangements are being made for a service honoring Jardo.  Details about that will be released at a later time.  

Donations can be made in three ways.

                -The Boise Police Canine Foundation through the Idaho Community Foundation.

                -WestVet's Audrey Pet Foundation.

                -Animal Medical Center Boise (AMC) to donate for needy animals in our community.

The following statement was released by WestVet:

November 16, 2016; Garden City, ID – Jardo was recovering well at home when on Wednesday night, at approximately 8 PM, he collapsed and was immediately taken to WestVet by his handler.

Jardo was evaluated and diagnosed with internal bleeding. He was stabilized by the WestVet ER team, with assistance from Dr. Nell Dalton who serves as the Boise Police Canine veterinarian. He was prepped for emergency surgery.

Two WestVet boarded surgeons worked to save his life, but unfortunately, due to the amount of blood loss, Jardo experienced cardiac arrest and was unable to be revived.

The entire WestVet team is devastated at the loss of this faithful, loyal Boise police K9 officer. Our hearts go out to the men and women who served with Jardo and those feel his loss so greatly today. We also send our well wishes to Officers Corporal Kevin Holtry and Chris Davis on their continued recovery.