Bruno the Anaheim Police K-9 Ready to Go Home

Officials plan to hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Friday at Yorba Regional to discuss Bruno's release

By Willian Avila
|  Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014  |  Updated 8:24 PM PDT
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Bruno the Police K-9 Ready to Go Home

Anaheim Police Department tweeted a photo of Bruno spending time outside with his handler, Anaheim Officer RJ Young, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Bruno, the police K-9 who has been hospitalized since last month after being shot during a SWAT standoff with a gunman, is going home, officials with the Anaheim Police Department said Wednesday.

The 7-year-old German shepherd was shot March 20 when he found a probationer hiding inside a trash bin. When the man opened fire on police, a bullet struck and shattered Bruno's lower jaw and re-entered his chest, missing his heart by less than an inch.

Officers returned fire and killed the gunman.

Bruno has undergone several surgeries, including an emergency operation in early April.

"With expert care from Yorba Regional Animal Hospital, Bruno is now well enough to go home and continue his recovery," the APD said in a press release.

Officials plan to hold a press conference at 1 p.m. Friday at Yorba Regional to discuss Bruno's release from the hospital and the next steps for him as his retirement approaches.

"Bruno will make only a brief appearance at this conference, as he is just being released from care and it is anticipated he will need time to adjust," the press release said.

Bruno has spent six years with the police department and is the most senior of the Anaheim police dogs.

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