Update: Bruno continues to improve, city shares video and ‘hero’ T-shirt unveiled

Bruno, the police dog who was shot in the face by an armed suspect more than two weeks ago, continued to show signs of improvement Friday after emergency surgery for a condition called gastric bloat earlier in the week, officials said.

“The surgery was a set back,” said Officer R.J. Young, his handler, on Thursday evening. “But he’s coming back from it pretty well.”

Animal hospital officials said Bruno can drink and eat “little bites” out of a dish – though he was still receiving oxygen and fluid intravenously.

“You would have never believed Bruno had bloat surgery less than two days ago,” Yorba Regional Animal Hospital’s Steve Dunbar posted on its Facebook page Thursday night. “He is healing at an amazing rate.”

Bloat occurs when too much air fills the stomach, making it difficult to breath.

“He’s got to learn to eat and drink again,” Young said.

The city on Thursday shared video footage of Young’s visit with Bruno on Monday, before the emergency surgery. Click on the clips to view.Hero T-shirt

On Friday, a Facebook group called Anaheim Hills Buzz unveiled artwork on a “hero” T-shirt it will be selling to raise money for Bruno’s future medical expenses.

The group is also hosting a “Benefit for Bruno” on April 12 from noon-4 p.m. at the Reunion Kitchen + Drink. The event will include a hand-crafted “hair of the day” hand-crafted cocktail, appetizers, a raffle and auction items. An APD K-9 and handler will be there. For more information, please contact benefit4bruno@gmail.com.

On April 19, “Dog Park for Chino Hills” is hosting a “Breakfast for Bruno” from 8-10 a.m. at the Applebees at 3956 Grand Avenue in Chino Hills. Tickets are $10. For more information, contact www.dogparkforchinohills.org.

Scentsy, a ceramic warmer that uses a light bulb or heating plate to melt scented wax instead of a wick, is donating at least 30% of its pretax sales in April to Bruno’s recovery fund. For more, visit www.tosmell.scentsy.us.

On March 28, Tony’s Deli donated 10% of its sales during a fund-raiser that included the unveiling of a “Bruno Hero Special” sandwich.

And on Tuesday students at Fairmont Private School collected pennies for Bruno and presented K-9 Officer Brett Klevos and his partner, Guenther, a check for $2,200.

And the Friends of the Anaheim Police K-9 Association continues to raise money. You can mail donations to PO Box 17882, Anaheim, CA 92817; make a donation at any US Bank branch, attention “Friends of the Anaheim Police K9 – Bruno Donation Account or visit them on Facebook.

The group will host its largest annual fund-raiser April 25-27 at the Pet Expo at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Young plans to be at the booth each day.

Cheryl Timmons said the group will be selling T-shirts.

She said they have received mail and donations from people all over the world, including a police unit in Switzerland.

“None of us can begin to express how totally overwhelmed we are with the goodness of kind hearted people,” she said. “A total ‘mind-blower’ for sure.”

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