06/22/2013 12:17 pm ET

Injured New York Police Dog, Bear, Becomes A Celebrity (VIDEO)

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A New York police dog named Bear was injured in the line of duty last week, and his heroics have been making headlines ever since.

The 6-year-old German Shepherd and his handler, Officer Vincent Tieniber, were attempting to help a fellow officer break up a subway fight on Tuesday morning when one of the brawling women kicked Bear in the face, according to the New York Times.

Despite suffering four broken teeth, a cut up tongue and a swollen snout, Bear persisted until the woman was detained, according to NBC. "Bear kept the woman’s foot in his mouth and held on until I could handcuff her," Tieniber told the news source.

The only thing more remarkable than Bear's dedication might be the media's response to it.

The Times described the day after Bear's injury as "a whirlwind of television appearances and newspaper interviews." He's been featured by several news outlets -- ABC, CBS, the New York Daily News, and Newsday to name a few.

"Everybody’s worried about his teeth," a lieutenant is quoted saying in the Times.

Tieniber told the New York Daily News that the hero will thankfully be smiling pretty for the cameras soon.

“Two of his canines are going to get capped next week. The other two (damaged teeth) are going to be filed down. They’re going to be as good as new.”

For photos of Bear, see ABC's slideshow.

H/T: Reddit



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