May 2nd, 2014 – 2:00pm: Bruno is going home! Officer RJ Young expressed his heartfelt thanks for the incredible support he and his partner K9 Bruno have received from "my city, my state, my country and people all around the world." K9 Bruno will continue his recovery at home with Officer Young & his family. The Anaheim Police family join in continued thanks for the outpouring of support & good wishes.
April 25th, 2014 - 8:53 am: Bruno’s handler reports that Bruno continues to improve and can hopefully leave the hospital in a week or two!! He is amazing! Thank you all for your support for Bruno!! We'll keep you posted!
April 19th, 2014: A community organized fundraiser was held in honor of Bruno at the Applebees in Chino Hills. Many from the local community and others in law enforcement attended. Thank you all so much for the support of Bruno and Officer RJ Young.
April 16th 2014 – 11:53 am: Bruno’s handler, RJ reports that Bruno’s recovery is steady and sure, with “each day better than the last.” Bruno loves going outside and although he still tires very quickly, is getting more exercise. He is working hard to re-learn how to eat and drink on his own, and in the meanwhile, is still being hand-fed the majority of his food.
April 8th 2014 – 11:16 am: Bruno is continuing to move forward with his recovery. He is making progress with learning to drink on his own again, and although it takes a great deal of effort on his part, it is a big step in the right direction. Over the weekend Bruno and RJ were able to spend some time together and even go outside for some fresh air.
April 4th 2014 – 12:31pm: We are happy to report that after the setback earlier this week, Bruno is continuing his recovery, and in the words of his doctors, “he is healing at an amazing rate!” There is still a long road ahead for Bruno’s recovery, as he adapts to all the changes to his mouth and re-learns how to eat and drink on his own. He has proven how strong he is and that he wants to get better and go home with his family! All of the good wishes and support sent have been invaluable.
April 2nd 2014 – 9:18am : Late last night Bruno had a 2-hour emergency surgery for a serious condition called Bloat. What Is Bloat? Bloat occurs when the dog’s stomach fills with air, fluid and/or food. The enlarged stomach puts pressure on other organs, can cause difficulty breathing, and eventually may decrease the blood supply to a dog’s vital organs. Often the term "bloat" is used to refer to a life-threatening condition that requires immediate veterinary care known as gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), gastric torsion and twisted stomach. Even with immediate treatment, this is a very serious medical condition. Luckily Bruno was already at the Yorba Regional Animal Hospital, and their attentive medical staff recognized his condition. Bruno was in a lot of pain, but the surgery was very successful in stopping the condition. Please continue to keep our Bruno in your thoughts, as he still has a long recovery ahead.
April 1st 2014 – 1:33pm: Officer RJ Young and Bruno enjoyed some time outside togetehr. RJ says his boy is acting much more like himself, curiously sniffing everything around him. Bruno has a long recovery ahead of him, and tires very easily, but it’s great to see him making such strides.
March 28th 2014 – 12:11PM: Bruno's damaged lungs are functioning properly. Surgery this morning went well. "It was a very successful surgery," said Lt. Tim Schmidt. "They took his breathing tube out, and he's healing exactly they way they want him to."
March 27th 2014 – 3:00PM: Bruno is continuing to improve and show good signs. As a result, his medical team will likely proceed with a follow-up surgery tomorrow to both examine his lung and remove the drainage tube. Bruno will also have additional reconstruction work on his jaw. Our APD family thanks you for your ongoing support and well wishes for our hero!
March 24th 2014 – 7:34PM: Our Bruno continues to thrive and show us how strong and determined he is. Here is a look at Bruno today up and walking. His medical team is very happy with his substantial progress thus far.
March 23rd 2014 – 12:21PM: Bruno continues to improve day by day. There is no sign of infection so far and he continues to rest and heal. Doctors have started to introduce a nutrient-rich slurry to give Bruno's digestive system something to do since he's been fed via IV since the surgery.
March 21st 2014 – 8:36PM: Bruno continues to show steady progress. He is much more alert and attentive to all of the activity around him. He is receiving the absolute best medical care and there are very caring family members and staff with him at all times. His handler was finally able to get some much needed rest today. Thank you for the continual support and well wishes!
March 21st 2014 – 2:38PM: Bruno is doing well and sitting up proudly!! His fabulous Doctors want him to rest so his visitors are very limited, except of course for his partner, Officer RJ Young. You keep fighting Bruno!
March 21st 2014 – 9:51AM: Our Bruno continues his fight for survival and recovery, with the next 12-18 hours being crucial. Bruno slept off and on throughout the night, and is heavily sedated, with significant pain & trauma. We are overwhelmed by the love & support we are receiving and are humbled by the outpouring. Thank you!
March 20th 2014 – 6:30PM: Our Bruno is expected to be in surgery for 3 hours. Thank you for your continuing support for him and his handler, Officer Young.
March 20th 2014 – 5:33PM: This is our K9 Bruno, who was shot today and is in surgery. The Anaheim Police family greatly appreciates the support and good wishes that we are receiving.
The Friends of Anaheim Police K9 Association: https://www.facebook.com/AnaheimK9friends is accepting donations to cover Bruno's future medical expenses. The Friends of Anaheim K9 is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit. They are offering the following ways to donate:
Mail: You can mail your donation to "Friends of the Anaheim Police K9 Association, PO Box 17882, Anaheim, CA 92817
Bank: Make a donation at any US Bank branch, attention "Friends of the Anaheim Police K9 – Bruno Donation Account"
On March 20th at approximately 3:15 pm Bruno joined with SWAT officers as they searched for a suspect that had fired upon Probation Officers in the area of La Palma and Citron Street. Bruno located the suspect and signaled to his handler that the suspect was either inside or behind a black trashcan with a lid. The suspect then opened fire and Bruno was shot in the jaw.
Bruno was shot once in the jaw and the bullet passed into his chest cavity. The bullet round missed his aorta artery by less than an inch. Surgeons worked on Bruno for 3 hours removing a portion of his lung and reconstructing his shattered jaw.
Bruno received emergency medical attention from Yorba Regional Animal Hospital: http://www.yorbaregionalvets.com/ - Hospital staff have been with Bruno 24 hours a day since his initial surgery and continue to monitor his progress.
The City of Anaheim covers all medical expenses for active K9’s. Once Bruno retires the responsibility for his care will shift to his handler. The Friends of Anaheim Police K9 Association: https://www.facebook.com/AnaheimK9friends provides monetary support to Bruno once he retires.