K-9 Officer Bruno Retires From Service

ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — Bruno, the Anaheim police K-9 who nearly died after being shot while on duty, officially retired from service Tuesday evening.

The beloved canine cop was released from Yorba Regional Animal Hospital on May 2 after undergoing several surgeries.

Bruno, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, was critically injured in March while leading Handling Officer RJ Young to a suspect who had shot at two parole officers in Anaheim.

Young has credited his partner with protecting him and fellow officers from gunfire.

Bruno was honored with a formal retirement ceremony at the Anaheim City Council meeting, where he was met with a standing ovation.

Officer Young called it a “bittersweet day,” and thanked those who have cheered the beloved K-9 on through his recovery.

“The support has been overwhelming. The thoughts, the prayers – I’ve said it ten hundred times – is the reason we’re here so fast. And the reason my partner looks so good,” Young said.

“It’s a bittersweet day. I’m excited to see what retirement’s going to hold for him, and I’m also very saddened that we’re not going to be together in a police car anymore.”

Young also said Bruno’s retirement life will consist of long, lazy days, lots of retirement snacks and naps.


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