Together with their handlers, police dogs put in countless hours to ensure the safety of their communities and aid in the search for wanted individuals. They are without a doubt one of the most honorable members of any public service organization. Hearing a story of one being shot while on duty is an experience that cannot be adequately described as heartbreaking. To inflict pain on a police dog, the aggressor must be a callous and ruthless criminal.
During the course of this investigation in Anaheim, California, Bruno, a German Shepherd K-9, sustained a gunshot wound to the face while pursuing a suspect. Not only was he shot, but he intentionally put himself in harm’s way in order to save the lives of his fellow policemen. That’s the kind of thing that gets turned into movies. That day, Bruno was the most important hero of all. This leads to tears.
,,I can’t even begin to fathom what it must have been like to watch your closest friend and constant companion get shot. Immediately, Bruno was transported to the emergency room.”
According to what he said to ABC News: ,,He was shot point blank, and it was a dreadful thing to have to watch. Within a few second, everything in my entire universe came crashing down around me.”
Fortunately, the bullet entered his lung rather than his heart, but it was only by a hair’s breadth. In addition, Bruno had a broken jaw in the accident. Following the completion of two operations, he was free to remove his breathing tube. Following that event, Bruno and his colleague Officer R.J. Young got together for an emotional reunion a week later.
Watch how these two create a friendship that will last a lifetime.
,,It is inexplicable, and seeing him the way he is breaks my heart.” said Young. ,,It hurts me to see him like this.”
Bruno is now fully recovered from the near-fatal shooting he suffered, and he has retired from the police force. He retired from the police department after serving for six years and now resides at Officer Young’s house with the rest of his family.
Young says: ,,I love him as if he were my own son. Bruno is going to remain a part of my life for the rest of my days.”
,,When you’ve been a K-9 police partner, you never forget what it’s like! I couldn’t be more pleased with how things turned out!”