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Wounded Police Dog Bruno Is Going Home

Bruno posing with his partner Anaheim Police Officer RJ Young prior to the shootingSuspected gang member 21-year-old Robert Moreno Jr. who was shot dead by Anaheim Police Thursday following a shooting in which police dog Bruno was seriously wounded

Bruno posing with his partner, RJ Young of the Anaheim police (left), prior to the shooting. Right, suspected gang member 21-year-old Robert Moreno Jr. who was shot dead in the incident

Police dog wounded in March will be honored at an official retirement ceremony May 13th, 2014

By Marion Algier – Just One More Pet (JOMP)

  • Bruno has been in hospital for several weeks after incident
  • Had to receive blood transplant from dog, while bullet shattered his jaw
  • Will make a brief appearance on Friday before preparing for retirement
  • ANAHEIM – Police dog shot in the face in the line of duty while confronting a gunman has been deemed well enough to go home by the end of the week.

    Bruno, a seven-year-old German shepherd, underwent several surgeries after his jaw was shattered and lung damaged, while a bullet was lodged close to his heart.

    But Anaheim Police Department has now announced he has made a strong recovery.

    K-9 Officer R.J. Young walked out of Yorba Regional Animal Hospital in uniform on Friday, 5.2.14, with canine partner Bruno on-leash bounding straight toward the patrol car.

    Anaheim police didn’t want Bruno hanging around too long at an afternoon press conference announcing he was going home. The German shepherd, shot by a suspect in March, thought he was going back to work and might get too excited.

    Before Young and Bruno headed home for the first time in six weeks, the officer told reporters, supportive cops and others: “I could never begin to say thank you enough for all the support, all the letters, the thoughts, the prayers. That has been so huge to not only myself – my family – getting us through this. …

    “There’s no doubt in my mind that that’s what got Bruno through this,” Young said.

    Some in the 60-strong crowd wore T-shirts, “K9 Bruno – Our Hero,” or held miniature stuffed dogs.

    Bruno was shot while pursuing a suspect who fired on probation officers. The suspect was fatally shot by officers. A bullet shattered Bruno’s jaw and lodged in his chest.

    Cheryl Timmons, president of the Friends of the Anaheim Police Canine Association, said she almost cried after watching Young and Bruno drive off.

    “There were a few days in the beginning when we didn’t know if he’d be going home,” Timmons said.

    Instead, Bruno will once again tail Young’s wife, Rachel, around the house.

    Bruno and his family credit all the prayers, good wishes and blood transfusions from canine friends around the world for his recovery.

    On May 13, a public retirement ceremony will be held at City Hall for the 7-year-old dog, expected to lead a normal home life. He just can’t stay with the force, as his jaw isn’t strong enough to bite down on a suspect.

    Bruno, the Anaheim, California Police dog who was shot in March. He is well enough to finally leave an animal hospital

    Bruno, the Anaheim, California Police dog who was shot in March. He is well enough to finally leave an animal hospital

    Anaheim Police K9 Bruno recovers at the Yorba Linda Regional Animal Hospital where he underwent surgery Thursday  to remove a bullet that damaged his ling

    Anaheim Police K9 Bruno recovers at the Yorba Linda Regional Animal Hospital where he underwent surgery Thursday to remove a bullet that damaged his ling

    Police dog which was shot in the face makes steps to recovery

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