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Dog shot by deputy recovering after surgery

Posted at 7:19 PM, Mar 04, 2016

A family dog underwent surgery Friday after being shot by a Rogers County sheriff's deputy.

Sheriff Scott Walton says the dog was aggressive to the deputy who acted in self-defense.

Bruno's family says unfortunately, surgeons had to amputate his leg. They say the damage done by the bullet was too vast to save it. They say they're staying hopeful about Bruno’s prognosis; meanwhile Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton is standing by his deputy.

“This is the first day he's wagged his tail,” said owner Angie Laymon.

As Bruno headed into life-saving surgery, his family stayed optimistic. In the past 24 hours, his story has caught the eye of thousands online.

“I’m talking Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia,” said Laymon. “Just warm wishes, sweet thoughts, and concerns...”

The operation was invasive. Bruno's shoulder was shattered and in pieces.

“There’s not enough bone to hold it together,” said Laymon.

Bruno was found by his family bleeding from a gunshot wound on their porch.

A Rogers County deputy left a note saying he shot him after Bruno attacked.

Since 2 works for you aired the story, Sheriff Walton says his agency has been hit with hateful phone calls, even threats.

“He certainly believes he brought the sheriff's office under a negative light, and my instruction to him, he did not,” said Sheriff Walton.

Walton says his deputy, who was investigating gunshots into a nearby home, did nothing wrong by driving onto Laymon's property.

Laymon said Bruno didn't bite the deputy, but Walton says he was aggressive...and the safety of his officers is something he takes seriously.

“If it gets to the point where it's expected that a law enforcement officer gets out of his vehicle and can't take any action to protect his own safety from getting mauled by a dog, then i think we're in the wrong business,” he said.

Meanwhile, he's losing his leg, but Bruno’s future otherwise looks bright, and that is what makes Laymon grateful.

“He gets to come home. At the end of the day, leg or no leg, he will get to come home and that's the silver lining,” said Laymon.

Bruno will stay at an animal hospital in Jenks for a few more days.

Laymon is still working on filing a claim with Rogers County.

Meanwhile, the Rogers County Sheriff's Office says this entire incident, as well as the original shots fired call, is all under investigation.

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