A police dog named Bruno was shot while chasing suspects in Anaheim, California. Bruno alerted his handler to the location of one of the suspects, who opened fire. Bruno suffered gunshot wounds to his face and chest and was rushed to the Yorba Regional Animal Hospital. Bruno successfully completed surgery and is making steady progress in his recovery. Read more from the Anaheim Police Department:
At Yorba Linda Regional Animal Hospital, where Bruno was in surgery for three hours, surgeons removed a good part of his lung and worked to reconstruct his shattered jaw, said Capt. Bob Conklin. The round missed his aorta by less than an inch, he said.
A six-year veteran, Bruno is Anaheim’s most senior K-9 officer.
“His vital signs were stable,” Conklin said. “The next 18 hours are crucial. The hospital did an amazing job.”
Police K-9 handlers from Riverside, Los Angeles and elsewhere joined police officials and even community members who visited the hospital to show support for Bruno.
His handler was joined by his wife and young child at the hospital. Police officials said Bruno is a beloved member of the family.
Capt. Mark Cyprien said another K9 officer put on scrubs, was by Bruno’s side during the surgery and gave regular reports to his colleague and his family.
“He’s a tough dog who did his job well yesterday,” Cyprien said. “He’s a hero.”