Police Dog Kicked In Mouth During Subway Brawl

A police dog got kicked in the mouth Tuesday during a subway brawl in New York.

“Bear” and his NYPD handler, Vincent Tieniber, came to help a fellow officer who was trying to break up a fight among four women. Two 19-year-old women started choking each other and the other two women pushed Police Officer Rafael Diaz when tried to get in the middle of it.

Ravenia Matos-Diaz kicked Bear in the mouth and broke two teeth and chipped two others. Scuff marks were also left on his mouth. However, the police dog did not give up.

“Bear kept the woman’s foot in his mouth, and held on until I could handcuff her,” Tieniber said.

Matos-Diaz was charged with injuring a police animal, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing government administration. Tabricia Moore faced the same charges while the 19-year-old attacker faced strangulation and criminal possession of a controlled substance charges.

The police dog was treated at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan and is expected to return to work soon. He will have two teeth capped and the another two filed.

Bear is not the only police dog who has been injured on the job. A couple of years ago, a Kansas City man kicked and hit a K-9 officer after he ran away from the police.

Ronald Johnson climbed on top of a blacksmith business and yelled that he was going to kill himself, according to police. When Johnson jumped down, he hit and kicked Bela.

Although hitting a police dog is not as serious as hitting a police officer, it is more serious than animal abuse. A person who abuses a police dog could face up to 180 days in jail and a $500 fine.

What do you think should happen to the woman who is accused of kicking Bear?

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