The word "bloat" terrifies most big dog owners.
The often lethal condition is associated with large dogs, like Bruno. That's
the German shepherd k-9 from Anaheim police, recuperating from a gunshot at
YORBA Regional Animal Hospital. Injured last month, the dog was actually doing
well, considering the round shattered his jaw and damaged his lung.
Last night, at about 11pm, caretakers noticed BRUNO was
in distress. Veterinarians diagnosed gastrointestinal bloat, and got the animal
into emergency surgery. His handler, officer R.J. Young, was at the hospital
all night. Finally, by this morning, the dog seemed to be reacting positively.
"Both are hanging in there" says Sgt. Steve
Pena, with Anaheim PD. Young, who spoke with FOX 11 after the initial shooting,
was hopeful he'd be able to take BRUNO home soon. This will delay things even
further, but the dog is doing well, which is the most important thing for those
involved with the loved animal.
Bruno was injured March 20th, when he located a suspect
who had supposedly fired at probation officers. According to police, a gang
member , who had been released from prison days before, shot at Bruno, hitting
him. Officers shot back and killed the suspect.
The bullet remains in Bruno's chest, too close to his
heart to be removed. He will be retired and stay with Young and his family once
he is well enough.
Donations for his care, once he is retired, are being
gathered by Friends of the Anaheim Police Dog K- 9 Association.