Bruno, a police dog for the Anaheim Police Department, was shot in face in the line of duty last week.
Police officers were responded to a call near an apartment complex. They were looking for a suspect evading arrest, and brought in the K-9 unit to aid in their search.
Bruno and his human partner R.J. Young were on duty that night. Bruno found the suspect near the apartment dumpster; that is when the suspect stopped and shot the dog in the face.
Young said the dog barely made a noise and returned quietly to his partner’s side, even though he was severely injured.
“It was a horrific thing to have to watch,” Young told ABC News. “My entire world came crumbling down in the matter of a second.”
A police escort cleared traffic and rushed Bruno to the nearest animal hospital. Bruno’s prognosis was uncertain last week, but luckily, he pulled through and should make a full recovery.
Lt. Schmidt of the Anaheim P.D. said, “There’s no doubt this dog saved three officers through the heroic effort of what he did doing his job.”