Bruno the K-9 faced a life-threatening situation when he was shot in the face while chasing down a suspect. The dog selflessly through himself in the line of fire, and while the suspect was killed in the gunfire, Bruno was a hero that saved the lives of the other officers.
His partner RJ Young was understandably distraught over how the situation played out.
He notes about the experience-
“[Bruno was shot] point blank, it was a horrific thing to have to watch,” he told ABC News. “My entire world came tumbling down in the matter of a second.”
The German Shephard was immediately taken to the hospital. The bullet narrowly missed his heart, and he underwent two surgeries before he could be taken off his breathing tube. A week later, the two were reunited!
While Bruno is healthy, he’s now retired from service and has been adopted by Officer Young and his family. Officer Young explains- “He’s like a son to me. Bruno will be with me for the rest of my life.”
Officer Young’s new partner is a two-year-old named Yukon. His family and friends just keep expanding!
The bond that partners share is special, even when one is an animal. Officer Young and Bruno will always share a special friendship, and we’re glad the two of them are able to share their lives together forever!
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The suspect was killed in the gunfire, but Bruno stopped him from hurting anyone else — including Officer Young. “[He was shot] point blank, it was a horrific thing to have to watch,” he told ABC News. “My entire world came tumbling down in the matter of a second.”
Bruno, who at the time was a 6-year veteran of the Anaheim, CA, police force, was bleeding profusely and was rushed to the hospital. A bullet remained lodged inside his chest, but miraculously, it barely missed his heart.
After bravely undergoing two surgeries, Bruno’s breathing tube was removed. A week after Bruno was hospitalized, the cameras were rolling when Officer Young was finally able to hug his partner again.
Bruno never returned to life as a canine officer. Instead, he retired and happily went home with Officer Young and his family. Officer Young said, “He’s like a son to me. Bruno will be with me for the rest of my life.”