Bodie, the Sacramento police dog shot and critically injured by a suspected car thief, is busy with fatherhood in retirement.
The German shepherd is the proud father of five puppies born Thursday. Mother pooch Brixi vom Valkyre is doing well after giving birth to a healthy litter of four females and one male.
Bodie saved Officer Randy Van Dusen’s life May 18, 2012, when the dog was shot trying to apprehend Lucus Jerome Webb, 33, a car theft suspect, following a car chase and foot pursuit through Land Park.
Webb fired at Van Dusen, striking Bodie. The bullet shattered the dog’s jawbone and two toes, and nearly severed his tongue.
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Webb died in the exchange of gunfire that followed.
Bodie nearly bled to death. The dog received 17 units of blood when he arrived at a veterinary hospital and had five major surgeries.
Bodie made a good recovery from his gunshot wounds, but spinal surgery for a herniated disk raised concerns that rigorous police work would be too much for him.
So, the 7-year-old police dog retired from active duty a couple of years ago and now spends his time hanging out with current police dog Bosko and the Van Dusen family. The two dogs, and the humans, get along well.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story had the wrong number of pups.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.