The K-9 officer with the Anaheim Police Department is scheduled to go home Friday. the L.A. Times reported May 1. The decision was announced Wednesday that Bruno, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, had responded after surgeries well enough to continue his recovery in a home environment.
Bruno was shot back March 20 while defending two probation officers with Orange County. The officers paid a visit to the Mayfair Avenue home of Robert Moreno Jr., a known gang member who had been released from jail 10 days earlier.
According to Bruno's Handling Officer, RJ Young, Bruno is responsible for saving the officers involved after two men at the residence fled. After Bruno located one of the men hiding near a trash can, multiple rounds were fired at the officers. Bruno was critically injured.
According to Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt, Bruno was shot in the face during a confrontation with a suspect. Bruno suffered a shattered jaw, as well as a damaged lung. His tongue had to be sewn back into his mouth.
In an interview with Los Angeles CBS Local, Young stated
“There is no doubt in my mind that if Bruno weren’t there, there’s not a doubt in my mind that someone would have gotten hurt."
A police escort even shut down roads to clear the way for Bruno to receive emergency treatment.
Sadly, Bruno's career was ended when the bullet that entered his jaw became lodged in his chest less than an inch from his heart.
Under the care of Yorba Regional Animal Hospital, Bruno survived after he underwent surgery to repair the damage.
Dr. Steven Dunbar, who has cared for Bruno since the beginning, along with Anahein Police Department and the City of Anaheim, will hold a press conference on Friday to discuss Bruno's release. Bruno is expected to make a brief appearance at that time.
Officer Young will be taking Bruno home, where he'll continue with his recovery.
The Anaheim community, who have supported Bruno's recovery, will be invited to his retirement event. At this time, no date has been set for that celebration.
Enjoy your retirement Bruno. You've earned it. You are truly a hero for protecting your fellow officers.