TV anchor gives interview after on-air dog bite
Denver news anchor Kyle Dyer received a severe dog bite on air.
February 24th, 2012
11:51 AM ET

TV anchor gives interview after on-air dog bite

A Denver news anchor is speaking out for the first time after being severely injured when a dog bit her on the face during a TV interview.  Earlier this month, Kyle Dyer was interviewing the owner of an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff who was rescued from icy waters. While petting the dog’s face, Dyer leaned in to kiss his nose when the dog lurched forward and bit her face.

Dyer was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where, after four hours of surgery, she received 70 stitches to her lips and nose. She later posted on Facebook that her mouth was stitched shut in order for the skin graft to take.

She is out of the hospital and recently sat down for an interview to discuss the accident and resulting surgery. Dyer is happy that the dog is back with his owners and is pleased to be recovering and moving forward with life. Listen to her describe the bite and the moment she realized she had no upper lip.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    I don't want to sound insensitive, but why would you stick your face next to a strange dog's head?

    February 24, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuy

      Agreed. You should never approach a dog you don't know, much less put your face up to it. Dogs can't speak, but they do communicate with their body language. Besides, if some stranger put their face in yours, you sure as hell wouldn't put up with it. Sorry it happened, but that dog should NOT be put down. People are dumb. 😦

      February 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Yes, its never the breed; it's never the dog's fault--what a bunch of crap. If you look at statistics for attacks, injuries and deaths caused by dogs, Pit Bulls, Mastiffs, and Rottweilers are all at the very top of the list. The people who own these dogs know very well the dogs have a pension for being aggressive-and that's why they want them. These dogs should not be pets of any sort because the people who usually adopt them (drug dealers, gang bangers, losers) are irresponsible tools.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Shane, you're just showing your ignorance by lumping these three breeds into a category of agression and violence. Any dog has the capacity to attack when feeling stressed or threatened. My last two dogs were a Rottweiler (mix) and English Mastiff, and neither displayed any agression or hositility to my children, family members or friends. Are they protective, yes? But, by nature, all dogs display a sense of loyalty and protection for its owners. Dogs aren't young children where you can rub their heads and get into their face and not expect a reaction. This reporter should have been more cautious and understanding of the dog's demeanor.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohbehave

      Exactly. The Dogo Argentino (the real name of this breed) is well known to be a hard core, working, protective/hunting breed. This breed has not been watered down like today's german shepherds and dobermanns. This dog is a beast. Pit Bulls are mere poodles by comparison. The staff should have been WELL WARNED to just speak their piece and keep their distance. The owner screwed up by failing to warn, but perhaps this lady's actions caught him off guard in the moment.

      February 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kesha

      Shane, I have a pitt. I rescued her from the streets. She was starved, beaten and nearly dead, but she hopped into my car and sat right in my lap as if that's where she belonged. She thinks she's a cat, she's TERRIFIED of small dogs, water and thunder, and she'd rather lick you to death than bite anyone. DON'T lable all pitts as the same. It's not the animal, it's the owner. Yes, owners of pitts and other such breeds TRAIN their animals to be aggressive, and some of the behavior was bred into some, unfortunately, but not all of them are the same.

      February 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loni

      Shane,
      People like you are the reason for so much ignorance in this world against these breeds. They are NICE dogs, who have proven time and time again that even though they might have been bred for something else, the thing that comes naturally to them is LOVE, just like any other breed. This makes me sad. Clearly, it was this woman's fault.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PEDO-BEAR

    Lady got what she deserved. The dog was stressed out: in a strange environment, surrounded by lots of strangers. Plenty of warning signs: dog was stiff in its posture, heavy breathing, he was trying to pull his head away from her though she was holding it in place, licking his lips and started barring teeth.
    Dumb broad with fantastic results.
    Don't blame the dog, blame the 8itch.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mavent

      You're an ldiot.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Expresss

      Uh no she did not deserve to get her face ripped off by a stupid pit bull looking mutt but you probably do.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • cari

      he's right. she should have known better than to get down in a dog's face like that. she called it an accident in the video – that is inaccurate. it was all her being stupid.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JPopNC

      The owner should have warned against it.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • vince

      True, about the dog being stressed out and all, and people should not assume all dogs are friendly all the time, but it should be the owner or handler's responsibility to be aware of their dog's disposition and prevent a person from doing something that might lead to an incident like this.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • heilh0und

      A pit bull looking mutt? If you read the article, you would know that it wasn't even remotely a pitbull! It was an Argentine Mastiff. And breed of dog can be dangerous when stressed out in a strange environment, surrounded by people and bright lights... and having a stranger sticking their mouth onto your face.

      I bet if you were put in the dogs position and this woman did that to you, you wouldn't exactly be thrilled either!

      February 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatguy

      Not sure I can say it was deserved, but it was not exactly unexpected as the dog showed warning sign after warning sign to the clueless lady that she was making it uncomfortably until the only option left in its mind was bite. People really need to pay attention to the animals they are around, they tell you so much about how they are feeling in that situation.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      The dog is an Argentinian Dogo not a pit bull/mix. Obviously as she was the one bitten and she doesnt bear any ill will to the dog it is really no one elses business.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annie, Atlanta

      It's sad that this kind of indifference to your fellow humans can actually pass moderation and get posted on a national news site. Is this where we're heading, not giving a darn about each other? What dishonorable filth.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      One word.
      Muzzle.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TonyH

      You're a complete idiot.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChileGirl

      Don't stare directly at a dog (it's an aggressive action), don't move over a dog's head and never, never put your face in a dog's face. Kissing (or attempting to kiss} an unknown dog anywhere but particularly the face is a major no-no. Don't land on Pedo-Bear. In this, he's right on!

      February 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • rhobere

      I wouldn't say she deserved it, but anyone with any kind of experience with dogs (i.e. the guys sitting next her) should have known that something like that would be a terrible idea even if the dog was acting comfortable. Seeing the dog act like that should have turned it into a no brainer. Don't blame the dog for not understanding the concept of a TV interview or the idea of an anchor pandering to her audience. Those are high expectations of any breed.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canopy

      You're right in describing the dog's reactions but why call her names? Did your parents do that to you growing up?

      February 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • disjustin

      Pedo-Bear: The name suits you, it was a mistake, an on-air moment, she taught it was tamed as it was with its owner. Sensitivity is not your middle name-of course..lets hope that tragedy don't befall you!

      February 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Floridian

      First off the dog is not a Pitbull but an Argentian Mastiff. Stop labelling all dogs that look like a Bully Breed as a Pit Bull.

      Second, no she didn't deserve to be bit. However, it is like dog 101 that with a strange dog or animal there are certain things you never do. She would have never done this if say it was a Mountain Lion, or Bobcat, or baby bear that was on her show. For some reason many our society see a dog and just assume that everything is fine and can do whatever they want. Usually resulting in a bit. Most bite victims are children for this very reason they don't realize they should not go up and pull on a strange dog's ears or poke a dog or whatever. Putting your face into a strange dogs face is not a smart thing to do.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      I don't care what anyone says, The dog doesn't know who you are and you don't know what he has been through... if anyone leans over at you and gets an inch from your face you will react agrressavly and feel thretened, the lady was stupid for doing what she did and the dog's behavior was instintive.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loni

      I agree that it wasn't the dogs fault, but we should be spreading knowledge and prevention awareness. There is no need to go as far as to say she got what was coming to her

      February 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    No dog likes a person to put their face in its face.
    They see that as a threat...
    How stupid.
    How utterly stupid.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    The "punishment" is a bit disproportionate to the offense. But nature is cruel.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
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    oh noooo, pls dnt try dat again.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    In retrospect, the Jack Nance quote should have gone on this thread. Too bad I can't click and drag from the dingo thread.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      So copy/paste it...

      February 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Yeah righghght

    ...as if people don't regularly kiss their dogs on the mouth right after a good ass licking. (Banasy)

    February 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You want me to verify whether or not you kiss your dog after licking its ass?
      Sorry, I don't know you.

      February 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Grammar is a tricky thing sometimes. Who is licking whose ass?

      February 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Doesn't matter...whatever Yeah righghght and the dog have going on is none of my business.

      February 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andreas Moser

    I hate dogs.
    They should all be shot!

    February 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Dogs probably feel the same about you.

      February 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andreas Moser

      I am lucky that dogs don't have guns.

      February 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • PEDO-BEAR

      I hate "dogs" too, but hey, isn't that what brown bags are for?!

      February 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kurt

    Seriously, people are defending the dog? It's a dog...It should have been put down, it's dangerous.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      At least when this dog attacked, it was working on instinct. When people do horrible violent crimes, they should be put down since they know exactly what they're doing.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • PEDO-BEAR

      Yes it is a travesty...They definietly should have put her down instead. After all, because of the bite, she is now damaged goods.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MashaSobaka

      No. She should not have put her face in the dog's face. That is basic dog etiquette. Do not blame the dog for human foolishness.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • LP

      I don't think you have the right to be killing whomever/whatever you want, just because you don't like it. That's like someone killing you for being stupid.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustSayin

      Put down for WHAT? If that dog's intent was to inflict harm she wouldn't have a missing lip, she would have holes in her neck. This is a good dog who was putting out a warning to not get into his face. If he had attacked with his full force potential she would have a lot more to worry about than growing back a lip.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeepers

    I wouldn't even get within 10 feet of a dog like that, much less try to kiss it's nose.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elyssa

      Don't forget little dogs!..it doesn't matter the size, if they don't know you and you don't know them, you shouldn't stick your face in theirs.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      I'm wary of all unfamiliar dogs, and yes, they are just as capable of biting, but the argument that little dogs are just as dangerous as ones like the one in this story is ridiculous. How many people have ever been killed or seriously injured by a chihuahua? You can defend yourself against a smaller dog. That's why I said I'd stay far away from one of those killers. And if a person is foolish enough to claim ownership of one, I for one would appreciate it if they'd be responsible enough to keep it properly restrained, trained and socialized. As far as I'm concerned, it's equivalent to walking around with a tiger, acting like they're just misunderstood. They're capable of killing people. Period.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. exCONsrvt

    Ladies fault. But the dog should be put down for being too agressive towards humans

    February 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayads77

      The dog did not show aggression towards the human until the human showed aggression towards him. You should observe canine behavior some time. When a dog moves into another dog's space (and face) like that, it's a show of dominance and a sign of agression. You can't fault the dog for interpreting the woman's gesture as a threat to him. It's a shame she was bitten and I hope she has a speedy and full recovery. However, she put herself in that position with her ignorance. It would have done her good to educate herself on how to behave around dogs she doesn't know (and who don't know her) before she'd tried to pull a publicity stunt like that.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sara

      The dog didn't show aggression at all, it showed self defense. If it had bitten her out of aggression, she'd look sooo much worse. He barely nipped her, have you seen the video of the so called "attack"?? She hovered over him and moved towards him, he made no advance at her. So sad that so many people misread this situation and that she was unable to read it at the time. People should have to earn a certification to own animals.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anonymous

    That dog is back with its owner after it attacked a woman, and bit off her lip? Seriously? That dog should have been euthanized.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatguy

      Yes, because it is the dogs fault that this lady took a strange dog, in a strange place, and tried to stick her face in his (aggressive attacking gesture in the animal world) and he reacted by defending himself.

      Not saying she deserved it, but it could have been avoided had she not been clueless on animal behavior

      February 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      You are in idiot...... you don't have the slightest idea what you are talking about, just spewing words. Get a life.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluestater

      its the breed. next time it will be a 4 year old girl who will get killed by it. all pit bulls should be slaughtered and fed to tigers. the rescuer should of just let it drown. hope the next person that gets bit by it isn't your daughter or grandmother walking down the street.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayads77

      Bluestater – If you don't care to learn about dog breeds, that's your choice. But at least learn how to read. The article clearly states the dog is an Argentine Mastiff, not a Pit Bull.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Agreed. The dog should have been put down. I own dogs, love dogs, but the next time a person may not live, maybe even a child. This dog can do too much damage.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO ©

    You can poke a stick at a gorilla, and if it rips your arms off, you can blame the gorilla if you want. But it's an animal. It will react. Don't poke it and you've got nothing to worry about.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bill

    No, she did not deserve this. I would have done the same thing. The dog seems mellow and at ease. No way could this lady have seen this coming. I wish her the best. I am so glad she's not wanting revenge against the dog. This woman gives me hope for mankind. There's so much anger and hate and to see somebody who could easily be vindictive not demand the dog be destroyed... gives me hope for humanity. Really. Thank you, Kyle Dyer.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MashaSobaka

      Sorry, but that dog does no look "mellow and at ease" to someone who knows about dogs. He's fidgeting, he's panting very heavily...he's in a strange place, with strange smells, with strange people, probably under hot lights, and he's not quite sure what's going on. And this is all on top of the fact that you never, ever, EVER shove your face at a dog's face unless that dog knows you really, REALLY well – and even then, you might get bit. Even petting the head isn't the best idea; stick to the sides and chest if you're trying to avoid a display of dominance. This is all very basic stuff. If she had no idea that the bite was coming, then she should not be allowed to be around large dogs. It's dangerous for her and it's dangerous for them. All that said, I'm glad that she's okay. And I hope she knows better next time.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Not everyone is a dog person. I can't read my dog's mind. The dog looked happy to me, but hey, next time it could be someone's child or baby. No excuse then, folks.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    There are several comments already on this thread that shows the ignorance of people.

    1. It is not a Pit Bull. That is a completely different breed. To relate it to a human, it would be like calling an Egyptian person a Persian. They will definitely take the time to correct you.
    2. If do not know the dog, you don't stick your face near its' face. That is a sign of confrontation. Any dog would do the same. The fact that this dog is larger, makes the results seem huge.
    3. Most importantly. She (the reporter herself) has basically said it was HER FAULT. If I point a loaded gun at my head and pull the trigger, is it any surprise if I get shot?

    February 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Yep, and this is why people think pit bulls are bad dogs because they get blamed for what EVERY breed of dog does, and comment after comment reflects the IGNORANCE.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sara

      Gah, thank you John. People ar esoooo frustrating in their immense ignorance. Well said Jennifer. An excellent example of how pits are so often wrongly identified... http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html

      February 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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