K-9 dog Bear returns to NYPD duty after attack

Photos of Bear, a member of the NYPD Transit Bureau's K-9 Unit, and his handler, Officer Vincent Tieniber. Both sustained injuries trying to break up a fight.

June 26, 2013 12:11:54 PM PDT
A NYPD K-9 is returning to full duty after being kicked twice in the mouth while assisting officers breaking up a subway brawl.

Bear, a 6-year-old German shepherd, is set to leave the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan Wednesday afternoon. Police say a phalanx of NYPD dogs will form an honor guard for Bear.

He sustained two cracked canines, two chipped teeth and a cut tongue when a woman being handcuffed kicked him twice in the mouth. Officers were breaking up a fight between four women on a subway platform.

Bear's handler, Officer Vincent Tieniber (tehn-IH-bur), said despite his injury, Bear kept the woman's foot in his mouth until she was handcuffed.

The woman was charged with injuring a police animal, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.