An NYPD K-9 returned to full duty after being kicked twice in the mouth while assisting officers breaking up a subway brawl, and a line of other police dogs formed an honor guard to welcome the 6-year-old German Shepherd back to the job.
Bear left the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan Wednesday afternoon.
He suffered cracked two teeth, chipped two others and had his tongue cut 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, said despite his injury, Bear kept the woman's foot in his mouth until she was handcuffed. Tieniber sprained his wrist in the fracas.
The woman was charged with injuring a police animal, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.