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Bruno’s Condition Upgraded as Fundraiser Held for Injured Police Dog

A fundraising event was held in Orange on Sunday to help cover medical expenses for Bruno, the Anaheim police dog who is on the mend after being shot in the face and critically wounded while on duty.

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Officer R.J. Young and Bruno are shown in a photo posted to Facebook by Friends of the Anaheim Police K9 Association.

The fundraiser held at Sandy’s Grooming netted more than $2,200 for Bruno’s care, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page.

“They do a lot for us and we want to be able to give back to them,” said Sandy Turner, the owner of the business.

Officer R.J. Young, Bruno’s partner, was among those who attended the fundraiser.

“To see people come out here on their Sunday and spend their time to help me and my partner is an amazing thing,” Young said. “It’s good to see good people rallying around a good cause. It’s overwhelming.”

The event came just two days after Bruno underwent a second successful surgery for his injuries, according to Yorba Regional Animal Hospital, where the 7-year-old German shepherd is being treated.

During the operation on Friday, the bottom portion of Bruno’s tongue was reattached and his breathing tube was removed, Lt. Tim Schmidt said in blog post on the Anaheim Police Department’s website.

Since the surgery, Bruno’s condition has been upgraded to fair, according to a post on the animal hospital’s Facebook page.

“His condition is upgraded to fair now that the life threatening problems with his lung and chest injury seem to be healing well and there have not been any complications so far,” the post said.  “He continues to want to do things himself and tries hard. He is a very determined canine and will not give up.”

Bruno was shot through the lower jaw on March 20 after he found a gunman hiding near a trash can, according to Anaheim Police Department Lt. Tim Schmidt.

The man fired on Bruno and officers before he was shot and killed, authorities said.

Bruno has been credited with saving three officers’ lives.