Anaheim, CA -
People clapping, some even tearing up, as Bruno, the Anaheim Police K-9 injured while on duty, leapt through the door of Yorba Regional Animal Hospital with his handler RJ Young.
After six weeks of difficult recovery, the dog is going home!
"I can't thank you all enough" said an obviously excited Young, who marveled at the many letters and e mail he has gotten from around the world. "It's because of all that BRUNO is well enough to leave here today!" he added.Officer Young was with his dog 6 weeks ago, when a man, suspected of shooting at probation officers, allegedly shot at Anaheim officers, hitting Bruno.
The bullet went through the dog's muzzle, hitting the ribs around the lung, which collapsed. Veterinarians left the bullet in, repaired the lung and put a plate in his muzzle. At one point, during his recuperation, BRUNO ended up with a life threatening case of bloat, which necessitated more emergency surgeries.
The public has donated enough money for Bruno's post care. He will be officially retired May 15th, at a public ceremony in ANAHEIM'S City Hall.
Officer Young will buy BRUNO from the city, for $1, as is customary with retired K-9's. But he is already home with his human partner, and definitely not working any more.
There are already plans for at least one BRUNO statue at a local dog park. Fitting his star status, the dog sped by cameras outside the hospital: no comment, no autographs. You can't blame him, We could almost hear him thinking "I'm OUTTA HERE, wanna go home! Add some slobber to that :)
Congratulations to RJ Young, Bruno, the staff at Yorba and Anaheim PD from all of us at Fox 11.
(FOX 11 / CNS) Bruno, the police dog who was shot by a suspect and severely wounded, will be going home to continue his recovery.
Bruno, who was with his human partner Officer R.J. Young when he was shot by a suspect on March 20, was severely wounded. Immediately after the shooting in the area of West Street and La Palma Avenue, Young drove Bruno to the Yorba Regional Animal Hospital where he would undergo several surgeries as he struggle to survive.
Bruno was helped to survive by an overwhelming amount of support not only from the local community but internationally.
Bruno's injuries were career-ending. A news conference has been scheduled for Friday at the hospital to discuss his retirement. Dr. Steven Dunbar from the animal hospital and Anaheim police and city officials will talk about his retirement. Bruno himself will make only a brief appearance.
A day with media and the community is still being planned when Bruno actually is retiring.