Bear, Hero Police Dog, Returns to Active Service

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Bear, a German Shepherd, part of NYPD's K-9 unit. The heroic dog was released today after being injured in the line of duty.

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Photographer: Ryan Sutton/Bloomberg

Bear, a German Shepherd, part of NYPD's K-9 unit. The heroic dog was released today after being injured in the line of duty. Close

Bear, a German Shepherd, part of NYPD's K-9 unit. The heroic dog was released today after being injured in the line of duty.

Photographer: Ryan Sutton/Bloomberg

NYPD officer Vincent Tieniber with Bear. An honor guard of dogs and handlers from NYPD's K-9 unit stood outside of the Animal Medical Center in New York to await the dog's release. Close

NYPD officer Vincent Tieniber with Bear. An honor guard of dogs and handlers from NYPD's K-9 unit stood outside of... Read More

Photographer: Ryan Sutton/Bloomberg

An honor guard of dogs and handlers from NYPD's K-9 unit, waiting outside of the Animal Medical Center for the the release of Bear, a German Shepherd injured in the line of duty. Close

An honor guard of dogs and handlers from NYPD's K-9 unit, waiting outside of the Animal Medical Center for the the... Read More

Photographer: Ryan Sutton/Bloomberg

An NYPD Community Affairs officer using his iPhone to photograph the honor guard of police dogs outside the Animal Medical Center. Close

An NYPD Community Affairs officer using his iPhone to photograph the honor guard of police dogs outside the Animal Medical Center.

Photographer: Ryan Sutton/Bloomberg

Bear, a six-year-old German Shepherd, outside the Animal Medical Center. The NYPD K-9 unit member returned to active duty today, after recovering from a lacerated tongue and cracked teeth suffered in the line of duty. Close

Bear, a six-year-old German Shepherd, outside the Animal Medical Center. The NYPD K-9 unit member returned to active... Read More

Bear is back. The German shepherd returned to active service today after recuperating at the Animal Medical Center in New York.

Like the proverbial dog with a bone, Bear would not detach from the foot of a woman who kicked him twice while resisting arrest.

Bear, who clamped down until she was handcuffed, suffered broken teeth and a swollen snout from the tussle.

A row of police dogs and their handlers waited outside the Medical Center as Bear, a six year old with a tragic mien, left the building accompanied by his human companion, Officer Vincent Tieniber.

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To contact the writer of this story: Ryan Sutton in New York; rsutton1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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