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Anaheim police dog survives being shot in line of duty

Anaheim Police Dog Survives Being Shot in Line of Duty

Doctors in Anaheim, California worked overnight to to save a police dog. "Good Morning America" has more.
Bruno was shot and wounded in the line of duty yesterday after sniffing out a suspect. Doctors worked on him all night long. While the situation was awful, Bruno did get incredibly lucky: doctors realized that the bullet was just an inch from his heart.

Bruno was shot Thursday afternoon when he accompanied two probation officers on a routine home check.

Los Angeles Times says when Bruno and the officers arrived, two men who were with the probationer fled, and the police dog found one of them during the search. The man fired shots at the officers and ended up hitting Bruno in the face.

The bullet shattered Bruno's jaw and then traveled to his lung.

KCAL spoke with the president of the Anaheim Police K9 Association about Bruno's handler, Officer R.J. Young.

'Young and his wife celebrated Bruno's birthdays, dressed him up in costume, and since their daughter was born three months ago, they say Bruno won't leave her side when he's home.'

Throughout the night, the Anaheim Police Department kept people updated on Bruno's status on its Twitter page.

The department posted multiple photos of Bruno after his surgery, including this adorable one of the sleeping pooch. Bruno is expected to make a full recovery.

The police department says anyone who wishes to donate to help with Bruno's recovery may give to the Anaheim Police K9 Association.

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dkurty23 March 22 2014 at 5:04 PM

I hope Bruno got a chance to get his teeth into that ******* before the guy was shot get well soon Bruno

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SANDI March 22 2014 at 4:07 PM


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Mrs. Erickson March 22 2014 at 3:48 PM

Being an animal lover, especially dogs when I heard this for the first time, my heart went out with the owner. Having known one in Chicago police dog, they become part of their family.

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bostonpd203 March 22 2014 at 3:43 PM

You just can't help loving a dog like this, trained or untrained. They are the most beautiful dogs ever created. One after another stories come up with their amazing instincts.

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Sharonlynn March 22 2014 at 3:31 PM

Oh this poor dog. God Bless Him and I am very happy he is recovering.

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joycerutledge1947 March 22 2014 at 3:30 PM

Praying Bruno makes a full recovery.....God speed pup...God speed.

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libfer March 22 2014 at 3:16 PM

u use police and military dogs to save lives, they can track a criminal , sniff out drugs, sniff out bombs. Yep a police dog even saves civilians, donnah7007 maybe u should learn a little more before making commits

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rockermn March 22 2014 at 3:12 PM

Yeah!! The little girl has her beat friend back to stay with her always.. What a great dog...

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rray6001 March 22 2014 at 3:01 PM

thank god he is all right and i hope the ******* that shot him gits his right in the ass! iwill be praying for Bruno's recovery! dogs are gods gift to humans and need to be treated that way!

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buschwtb36 March 22 2014 at 4:08 PM

They should take the "mutt" who shot Bruno out and shoot him in the exact same place he shot Bruno. The only differance should be they dont work so hard to save him!

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edwincano5 buschwtb36 March 22 2014 at 4:17 PM

they did, they killed him

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