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Wounded Calif. K-9 Undergoes Emergency Surgery

April 03, 2014  | 

Bruno and his handler Officer R.J. Young before the shooting (Photo: Facebook)
Bruno and his handler Officer R.J. Young before the shooting (Photo: Facebook)

Bruno, the Anaheim, Calif., police K-9 shot in the face March 20 by a suspect in a police chase underwent emergency surgery late Tuesday.

The German shepherd was thought to be headed toward a full recovery when he was hurried into surgery to treat a stomach condition at Yorba Regional Animal Hospital around 11 p.m. The procedure lasted nearly two hours, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Today a post on the Facebook page of the Friends of the Anaheim Police K9 Association reported that the surgery was successful and the K-9 is recovering.

The police dog was initially treated for a shattered jaw and damaged lungs following the shooting and underwent additional surgery last week to have a breathing tube removed.

Bruno's handler, Officer R.J. Young, and police sergeant stayed by the canine's side during the latest surgery, said Cheryl Timmons, president for Friends of the Anaheim Police K9 Association.

 



 

Tags: K-9 Units, Anaheim (Calif.) PD


Comments (3)

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Chuck @ 4/3/2014 4:44 PM

Come on Bruno you can make it buddy. You have to get back to work. My dog Bella and I have you in our prayers. God bless all k9's and their handlers

Retired Chief @ 4/3/2014 4:46 PM

Thanks to the staff at Yorba Regional Vet Hospital who noticed the problem immediately and got Bruno into surgery. Had that not happened the gastric twist would have been fatal. Regardless of whether Bruno makes it through this on going ordeal or not he is a fighter, a warrior, and deserving of respect. He is a K9 with lots of heart.

CPD TN Officer @ 4/6/2014 9:55 AM

Very happy to hear a success story with an injured k9. They are an extremely valuable resource and have insane heart/dedication. Keep the strength up and stay safe.

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