Shot twice in the line of duty, Bodie the police dog has had a long road to recovery.
Today he underwent another surgery, the first one to remove shrapnel from his body. The surgery today focused on repairing Bodie’s jaw.
But, pending any new complications, this should be the last surgery he’ll have to have.
"He loves to have people with him. He doesn't like to be alone in his cage anymore,” said Bodie’s doctor, Robert Runyon.
Resilient as ever, Bodie is taking his second surgery in stride.
Doctors had to insert a metal plate into his jaw. They then packed it with bone marrow taken from his shoulder.
"Bone marrow cells will help healing, help stimulate the healing of his bone. So we packed that into the area where there were defects in his jaw where the bone was missing," Runyon said.
The surgery took 3 hours, but it went well.
Bodie is expected to completely heal, but he has some work ahead. His leg is still healing and he might need physical therapy, meaning he won’t be back fighting crime for a while.
"We probably have another 8 weeks of bone healing before we can actually start walking him and moving him around a little more,” Runyon said.
Bodie will spend one more night in the hospital. His medical bills have reached into the thousands, but that cost has been paid for by donations – donations that have totaled more than $20,000.