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Photos: Police Dog Recovering After Being Shot In The Face

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An Anaheim Police Department dog is recovering after getting shot in the face by a man on Thursday.

The 7-year-old German Shepherd, named Bruno, who has been with Anaheim Police Dept. for six years, went through extensive surgery last night, according to CBS Los Angeles. The police force tweeted out updates and photos of the K9's progress during his operation at Yorba Linda Regional Animal Hospital. A gunshot round had gone through Bruno's face, shattering his jaw and entering his chest. Surgeons removed part of his damaged lung and Bruno is now out of surgery and recovering.

The dog had joined probation officers earlier that day at 2 p.m. when they were doing a parole check at the 1120 block of Mayfair Avenue, reported NBC Los Angeles. When the police found the probationer and two other men who were with him, the men fired shots at one the officers. The officer did not get hurt, but the men fled, which led officers to call a SWAT and K-9 team for help.

"The dog alerted that the suspect was hiding behind a trash can," Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt told CBS Los Angeles. "As they went up, the suspect stood up and started shooting at the direction of the officers and purposely aimed at the dog, shooting the dog,”

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The officers shot back and killed the man, 21-year-old Robert Moreno Jr. While one of the men with him were taken into custody, authorities are still searching for the other man.

"He probably saved three officers' lives," Schmidt told NBC Los Angeles of Bruno.

If anyone wants to help donate to Bruno's medical bills, visit the Friends of the Anaheim Police K9 Association Facebook page.

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