The Brando Fund
October 13, 2009 Brando was brought to Hanford Veterinary hospital. His partner noticed Brando was having a difficult time urinating along with blood in his urine. Brando was developing kidney disease and was treated aggressively with IV fluids and medications, but his kidneys continued to deteriorate. The decision was made to transfer him to U.C. Davis Veterinary Hospital to initiate kidney dialysis. Jeff Stamper and Chris Zuniga voluntarily flew Brando using Chris's plane in order to get him there faster. Kings County Sheriff's Department did not have money available for the advanced treatment of Brando. Brando was subsequently retired from the Sheriff's Department. Ownership and Financial responsibility for his treatment was assumed by his partner Deputy Rod Shulman. Fortunately the public, becoming aware of the situation, raised the money with donations to continue treatment. Brando began showing some response to dialysis. Sadly, Brando developed a secondary complication called '' Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation''. Slowly, his condition deteriorated and the prognosis for recovery became dim. Deputy Shulman made the difficult decision to have Brando humanly euthanized on October 19, 2009.
At this time there are currently four dogs that belong to the Kings County Sheriff's K-9 Unit. All four are now on regular patrols.
Brando was a Kings County Canine who was partnered with Deputy Rod Shulman. Brando and Deputy Shulman were on patrol for four years. During that time they had over 200 arrests with the largest money seizure for a K-9 team in the history of Kings County. They won over 15 trophies at local Law Enforcement Canine Trials. Brando developed the reputation as one of the top narcotic dogs in the area, locating marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. They assisted the U.S. Marshalls office in the apprehension of a murder suspect who was fleeing on I-5 from Washington State. Kern County Sheriff's department was assisted in the arrest of a murder suspect who was hiding in Kings County by Brando and Shulman. They located a suicidal suspect who had stabbed himself and fled. Brando tracked him over 1 1/2 miles.The suspect was located and treated.