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Police dog wounded during shooting expected to be OK

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - The San Diego police dog that was injured during the shooting that killed a veteran police officer is expected to make a full recovery.

Monty suffered a gunshot wound to the snout. He was first rushed to the VCA hospital in Mission Valley where he was stabilized, and then taken to the Barrio Logan facility for surgery.

Dr. Robert Tugend operated on Monty and says the surgery took three hours.

"We were on pins and needles for a while with him because of the blood loss," Tugend said.

The four-year old Belgian Malinois suffered damage to his jaw and teeth.

"It [the bullet] came in through his side and broke some teeth and damaged his soft pallet and his nose."

Monty's muzzle and face were reconstructed, but his sense of smell may be damaged. It will be several weeks before it's determined if Monty can return to work.

"A full recovery is a hard question for a police dog," says Tugend, "Will he be a police dog or not? We just don't know that yet."

Monty's handler was not hurt during the shooting.

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