NYPD dog Bear's teeth fixed after altercation

Police Officer Vincent Tieniber walks with Bear past

Police Officer Vincent Tieniber walks with Bear past an honor guard of NYPD dogs after Bear received treatment for broken teeth at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. (June 26, 2013) (Credit: Craig Ruttle)

NYPD Transit police dog Bear walked out of a Manhattan animal hospital Wednesday and past a line of his canine buddies a week after he suffered cracked teeth, and cuts to his tongue and mouth while helping break up a fight on a subway platform.

Four of Bear's teeth were cracked and he had to have two of his canine teeth capped after the altercation, which occurred June 18 on the No. 4 southbound subway platform at East 59th Street and Lexington Avenue.

Bear and his human partner, Officer Vincent Tieniber, were attempting to stop a fight between four women on the platform.


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The 6-year-old black and tan German shepherd, who lives with Tieniber and his family in Suffolk County, locked down on the foot of one of the women, who then kicked him twice in the face as Tieniber struggled to put handcuffs on her.

Ravenna Matos-Davis, 22, of Queens, was charged with injuring a police animal, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The fight was all in the past Wednesday as Bear, still drowsy from anesthesia, walked past black and tan and long- and short-haired German shepherds and a black Labrador retriever before he was met with warm strokes to his muzzle from NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

"These dogs get loving attention from their handlers," said Kelly, outside the Animal Medical Center on the Upper East Side. "It's a strong bond . . . Besides working Transit, they do very important work with our narcotics divisions and counterterrorism . . . I love them."

Bear will be home resting for several weeks before he hits the subways again with Tieniber.

"He did a good job," said Tieniber, who has worked with Bear for the past five years.

"His reward will be rest and some nice soft food."

Dr. Stephen Riback, a dental veterinarian at the medical center who gave Bear a new stainless steel crown said the police dog "had minor damage, but these dogs need to have healthy mouths and teeth to do their job. They are very smart and well-trained. They know when to be nice and when they need to work."

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