Bruno, the K-9 officer who was shot in the face during a SWAT search last week, continued to make progress in his recovery, new video released by the Anaheim Police Department showed.
In the video, which was shot Sunday afternoon, Bruno can be seen sitting up and eating on his own. According to a blog post on the Anaheim police website, it was the first time since the shooting that he ate on his own, marking “an important step in his recovery.”
The 7-year-old German Shepherd also took a short walk in the afternoon outside the Yorba Regional Animal Hospital, where has been staying since the shooting, according to the post.
The previous night, Bruno received blood from two of his fellow K-9 officers, police said.
“His blood count/numbers are slightly up,” Officer Brett Klevos wrote in an email to colleagues Sunday, according to the Anaheim police website. “The swelling has gone slightly down in his jaw. They made a special paste out of his prescription food and he was able to consume it with his back teeth.”
Bruno’s catheter was also removed Sunday, police said.
The K-9’s condition was still considered critical, and he remained under heavy sedation, but the doctor treating Bruno told Klevos he was improving by “leaps and bounds,” according to the post.
Bruno underwent surgery Thursday night after he was shot in the lower jaw during a search with SWAT officers that afternoon, according to Anaheim police.
During the three-hour operation, surgeons removed a portion of his lung and reconstructed his jaw, which has been shattered, police said.
Bruno has received a steady outpouring of support since the shooting. According to the blog post, police have received hundreds of thousands of messages through various social media channel.
“Those of us at the police department are touched by the unbelievable outpouring of support from the community and across the nation and world,” said Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt, according to the post. “Bruno did his job this week, locating a dangerous suspect and very likely saving officers’ lives. And since then, he has shown a remarkable will to live.”
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