SACRAMENTO, CA - New pictures of Bodie, the Sacramento police K-9 shot twice last Friday by a car thief suspect, were made available Wednesday.
The 3-year-old German shepherd is recovering from a broken jaw, severely cut tongue and a shattered paw. He had a tracheotomy to help him breathe because his tongue was so swollen from the trauma and there is a cast on his leg. He has had several surgeries, including one Tuesday to remove bullet fragments.
Veterinarians said several days ago Bodie had a 50 percent chance of returning to work and it would be at least three months from now in a best-case scenario.
K-9 handler Gary Dahl is familiar with Bodie's road to recovery road. His dog Bandit was shot in the neck two years ago while blocking the escape of an alleged robber. The bullet traveled through Bandit's body, missing vital organs. He was back on the streets doing police work after surgery and five weeks of recovery.