SACRAMENTO, CA - Bodie, the Sacramento K9 Officer, is improving; on Saturday night, vets said they were encouraged about his condition and progress.
Bodie was shot twice by a stolen car suspect who ran from officers on Friday.
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"The swelling and the trauma to his tongue has blocked out the back of his throat, making it difficult for him to breath," Dr. Chris Wong said. "We placed a tracheotomy tube in his neck so he could breathe through his mouth."
The 3-year-old German Shepherd has more treatment ahead. The cast on his right front leg is helping heal his shattered paw.
Wong explained that a bullet went through his face, breaking his jaw and lacerating 60-percent of his tongue.
It'll be a few days before doctors can begin reconstructive surgeries.
"His prognosis, should he improve like he is, actually should be fair to good. The worry is if he can return to work or not. We're going to do everything we can to give him that opportunity," Wong said.
"Bodie stood up today," Sacramento Police Department Sgt. Andrew Pettit said. "You know you could see that look in his eye where he was happy to see everybody come in and people came in and petted him and were talking to him and Bodie's making a lot of good progress."
Many officers kept a close eye on Bodie's status throughout the night. Wong said best case scenario, he could be back to work in 3 months.
Doctors said Bodie's treatments could cost as much as $25,000.
If you are interested in donating money to aid in Bodie's recovery you can do so through www.spdk9.org