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. wobbles

    Dogs don't kiss each other, so it's stupid to think you should kiss a dog. Oue mannerisms and body language are entirely different from theirs,which is why you don't see humans sniffing each other's butts as a greeting. What we might take as a ffection they may take as a threat. Sad to see someone get hurt like that, but her cluelessness caused it.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fig

    From the posts I've read regarding the anchor and her stupidity (so said), I imagine she did what many others do, see a happy, friendly looking dog and want to show it affection. I doubt she did it out of ignorance. However, many of you are missing the point here – she is glad the dog is with his owner. She does not appear to believe it was the dog's fault or appear vindictive. So, give her a break!

    February 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • P Denn

      I agree completely, Fig. Nice post.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Putthedogdown

      The "anchor" is in some sort of "shock" or denial, she thinks, "everything's going to be ok"...well, everything's not ok,
      and it's not going to be ok until that dog is gone for good. She got her face shredded and the dog will do this again to someone else, perhaps a child, no....everything is not ok.

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

    SO....How many more bites and chances does the dog get before they put it down? Once is all it should have taken. It does not matter where the woman was or if she was near his face - he attacked. Put him down immediately.
    Next year we will hear a story about how he attacked one of his owners, his owners other dogs or a neighbor, etc..

    Let's use some common sense.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Brown

      The dog thought it was being attacked. Moral: Do not kiss dogs; it isn't safe.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • jboHDrider

      Yep we should kill the dog due to the ladies stupidity.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      Re-read your last sentence. Take your own advice. There is no reason to put the dog down because of what happened.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna

      Wow if anyone needs to be put down it is you. Your talk like an idiot.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Am – people as clueless as you need to be put down

      February 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • What?

      In that though process anything that bites should be put down right??? What about a 2 year old kid, has the same brain power. Get real yourself, stick your face in my space and see what happens.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohyesidid

      Just like a human to think that all animals should conform to us and our standards. He is a dog, he gave plenty of visual cues that he was uncomfortable. We are supposed to be the intelligent ones. Anyone who owns a dog could see the danger.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • SR

      Wow, everyone is so excited to tell AM he is stupid but this woman's lip was bitten OFF – I LOVE dogs, cats, all animals, but if a dog is going to be a pet it needs to act like one, and that means not biting people, no matter what. I have gotten my face close to dogs before and I managed to leave the situation with both of my lips still attached. The minute a dog starts acting like a wild animal, it doesn't need to live with people. This woman is a real class act for not blaming the dog in anyway, especially since she is a reporter and makes her living by NOT having a disfigured face. Dogs are great, but they are still animals, and people matter too.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rstlne

      Clearly you do not have "common sense" yourself! Or any sympathy for animals either. The dog was NOT at fault, and certainly should not be killed because senseless animal haters want "payback."

      February 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • LS

      Take your own advice "let's have some common sense", and common sense tells me that It was not the dog's fault, but it was the anchor woman leaning toward the dog to kiss him that caused the reaction thinking he was being attack by the women.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ethel the frog

    Ok everybody, head on out and buy a mastiff or a pit bull for the kids to roll around on the living room carpet with. They're perfectly safe, honest.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jboHDrider

      They are great dogs, very loyal and loving, very smart and easy to train. I have known plenty of people that had them as family pets without any incident. The pits that attack people are almost always trained to do so, it's not the dog breed, it's the owner that causes the problem. Your ignorance is amazing and I would hate to go through life scared to death of everything out of said ignorance.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • wil

      let me guess cat person?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • inga

      jbohdrider...you are absolutely right, it is the owner's fault. However, when these irresponsible owners do not contain their dogs, it is often innocent neighbors (either their pets or children) who are bitten, mauled, or killed. IF the owner can be found it is NO consolation that they have to pay a fine and the dog is destroyed. I have never heard of an irresponsible terrier or spaniel owner's dog killing a child or family pet. Until there are restrictions put on ownership of this breed it will continue to be a problem. My neighbor had two of these dogs get into his backyard and kill his dogs. The owners never claimed their dogs.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohyesidid

      For real? Everyone knows that children should not be left alone to antagonize animals. Pulling ears and tails, biting, rolling on top of them, stepping on paws, etc. Generally having no regard for anyone or anythings comfort but their own, merely by virtue of being a child. Dogs are instinctual, we are supposed to be the intelligent ones, guess you missed that boat.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • iheartyou

      You do realize that this was not a Pit Bull, right??? siiiigh. Of course you don't, because you don't want to take the time to use any brain power to figure out what kind of dog that is. And this is a small part of the reason Pits have gotten such bad reputations. Most people can't even correctly identify them.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • inga

      "You do realize that this was not a Pit Bull, right??? siiiigh" The post that we originally replied to referenced "mastiff OR pit bull" Regardless, it doesn't matter if someone can tell the difference. We all know we are talking about POWERFUL, large-headed dogs with incredible jaw strength. Much like a Canine Presario or Dogue de Bordeaux. These are the types of dogs that wanna-be thugs and gangstas love to walk around with huge studded collars so they can make up for their short-comings in the manlihood department. It is not the dog, it is the owner.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TrueAmerican

    At least she isn't blaming the dog for something hat is clearly 100% her own fault.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Violette

    I wonder why people who own dogs that can do a lot of damage with their bite take them on shows like this anyway?? Dogs can be stressed out by lots of things and I cant think of anything more stressfull than being on a news show with all the camermen, lights and unfamiliar stimuli. I say keep your dogs at home unless you know for a shadow of a doubt that if they were to get off leash for any reason they would not attack another animal or human being. If you cannot say that you are 100% sure, then if you do take your dog anywhere outside of his own yard, he needs to be muzzled.Period. This goes for little biters too.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • KASUMU

      You can never predict behavior...even in humans.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nunya

    Anyone who thinks the dog should be put down is ridiculous. It was an accident and Kyle should never have gotten to the dog's level. Many dogs would do the same thing no matter what the breed.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. anna

    What an absolute idiot!

    Who in their right mind would put their face down to a dog, any dog to kiss it?

    Sheer stupidity.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MRmedicinebox

    I think that once a dog bites, regardless of the situation, it needs to be put down. It has now bitten someone and gotten away with it. How long do you think it will be until this thing bites some else?

    February 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • wil

      i think your missing the point

      February 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rstlne

      That dog did not "get away" with anything! It certainly does not deserve to get put down due to a human's stupidity! Climb down off of your sanctimonious high horse. Luckily you do not make the laws, or there would not be any dogs, or probably any animals at all, allowed to live!

      February 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    It was a poorly trained and poorly controlled dog.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • christine

      it was also a poorly trained / poorly controlled reporter.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sonia

    Why is this story turning into a human vs. dog topic? She was being loving to the dog & got bitten. Dogs do things like that. Even she didn't like that the dog was detained. It was just a tragic accident.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      I understand what you are saying, but the reality is the dog was giving her NUMEROUS signs that he was stressed, uncomfortable, and nervous. She missed all of them and got bit.

      Her fault, she caused it.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. clnee55

    if she had sniffed her but t, the dog might have thought that was a friendly gesture

    February 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • christine

      lol – I'll bet she is alot more likely to do that in the future!

      February 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bad dogs will not be tolerated!

    Horrible accident, reporter made a mistake. However, had that been my dog I would have put it down. Dogs that bite people once, will bite again.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • graphicsgirl777

      I officially revoke your right to own an animal. Seek Help.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gloria

    Not sure why you would want to 'kiss' a dog on its nose anyway but specifically one that is not familiar with you!! Good grief...I'm glad she realized she was the problem and not the dog....and didn't wish him harm or to be put down. This should be a lesson to all....

    February 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    Dogs are just dogs. they can be silly, playful, aggressive, and bite. Anyone whom has ever owned a dog knows that. The owner of this dog, "beautiful dog" should have known from raising it that there may be a possibility it could snap at someone or maybe the crew should have took a precaution due to its size and muzzle it. Maybe muzzle any dog just for precautions. You would never have to worry about it happening again. It is not the dogs fault. THEY ARE DOGS. Its not the owners fault. They are not dog experts, just have a dog. So no bashing needed anywhere, just everyone should be smart.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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