Bruno the injured police dog to retire. Lucille, please follow his lead.

A photo of Bruno before the shooting. COURTESY OF ANAHIEM POLICE DEPARTMENT.

Photo of Bruno before the shooting. COURTESY OF ANAHIEM POLICE DEPARTMENT.

We read in the Orange County Register that the Anaheim canine police officer named Bruno, who was shot by a suspect who was subsequently shot and killed by police officers, is retiring because of his injuries. We would like to take this opportunity to suggest that rather than running for mayor, that Anaheim council member Lucille Kring follow Bruno into retirement.

From the OC Register story:

The 7-year-old German shepherd has been recovering at the Yorba Regional Animal Hospital since March 20, when a man fleeing arrest shot at police. Bruno was stuck by gunfire, with a bullet lodging in his chest and shattering his jaw. Police returned fire, killing the man.

On Friday, the dog will return home to his human partner, Officer RJ Young, after weeks of recovery from several surgeries. He will be retired from the Anaheim Police Department’s K-9 unit.

“Bruno is a member of our family and we’re always excited when one of our family members can go home and continue their recovery,” said Sgt. Bob Dunn, a spokesman for Anaheim police.

Anaheim will sell Bruno to Young for $1 after a retirement ceremony at a future City Council meeting, Dunn said, a practice typical for police agencies handing off a retired police dog to its handler.

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Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring at a City Council meeting in 2013. (Photo by: Adam Elmahrek)

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring at a City Council meeting in 2013. (Photo by: Adam Elmahrek)

We wish the people of Anaheim could sell Councilwoman Kring for a dollar and send her home with her handlers the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and former Mayor Curt Pringle. To paraphrase Kring’s own comments about the individual who shot at officers and wounded Bruno…

Lucille is a true hero to the Anaheim Chamber, as are all Pringle operatives. Her retirement would save us a trial at the polls in November. Always a good outcome.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Councilwoman Lori Galloway (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Councilwoman Lori Galloway (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

By stepping out of the race for Mayor, in addition to resigning her Council seat, Kring would provide the people of Anaheim the opportunity to choose between a Democrat, Lorri Galloway, and a TEA Party Republican, Tom Tait for the office of Mayor. Anaheim residents would then be able make a choice for Mayor based on criteria other than areas where Tait and Galloway agree. We think that the voters in this case would choose Galloway’s more progressive positions over Tait’s more conservative positions. Always a good outcome.

We’ll even put up the dollar, so that the people of Anaheim don’t have to waste another taxpayer dollar on Lucille Kring.

As far as Bruno is concerned, we wish him a long and happy retirement. His contributions to the safety of the people of Anaheim are appreciated. He will be missed.

  3 comments for “Bruno the injured police dog to retire. Lucille, please follow his lead.

  1. May 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Bruno is out of the hospital. And seems to be in good health. What I would like to know is how the family that was held at gunpoint by Lil Clumsy is doing? Is the 10 year old boy sleeping through the night?

  2. May 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    You captured me with your headline about Bruno but the story was not about him and you did him an injustice. You used him to insert your political opinion into a news item that belongs on your editorial page. Bruno deserves better and you should make it better for Bruno. I dont live in your state and Idont know your politics but I do know you broke a journalism rule and you cheated and exploited Bruno and told uss nothing of his retirement

  3. May 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Barbara,

    We are sorry that you feel the headline to this story was misleading. This is in fact an editorial website. We put our editorial perspective on most of the stories we post here. We did no harm to Bruno with our commentary.

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