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. Suzzella

    I have a seizure disorder and there have been many times 911 has visited me on the floor. Our beautiful 11yr old yellow lab (passed away 5yrs in June) was a kind and gentle dog with no attack history whatsoever. When my first seizure slammed me into our coffee table and continued on the floor 911 was called. As they entered our home our lab became the most vicious, seriously threatening dog my husband has ever seen. He would let no one near me whatsoever. He even put up a fight when my husband made the attempt to move him. He finally moved within 15sec of all this and let 911 take me. There are times when the most wonderful dogs become what you never thought they would for reasons you would never expect. After training, our lab was able to let me know when a seizure was on it's way and waited at the door for 911. Every dog, for whatever reason, has the capability to become vicious no matter what breed or size. Leave dogs alone that are not familiar to you, use sense in allowing people near your dog and just because they are 'small friendly and happy dog' doesn't mean they won't rip your skin off.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Your dog did not just become a "vicious threatening" dog... it was protecting you when you couldn't protect yourself. Hopefully you feel grateful to have a dog that loved you so much it would protect you when you were vulnerable. I can't tell form your post if you thought the dog was wrong for the way it acted or grateful, it should be the latter....

      February 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • marat

      Pretty horrific. Some Life rules for new parents–Never allow your young child to EVER approach a dog with fingers extended. No adult should do so either. If you feel you must put your hand on the dog, ALWAYS approach with a clenched fist so that your fingers cannot be severed if the dog suddenly lashes out. I have lived with emergency room doctors over the years and you have NO idea of the huge number of horrendous, disabling bites people have endured while a dog's owner continued to claim that "he's really, really friendly." ALL DOGS CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE. Caution is the byword......

      February 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeattleMark952

      Yes, many people love Pit Bulls because they are usually extremely sweet and lovable. However, when their switch is tripped, they go into demonic mode. The don't just bite and leave puncture wounds. Their instinct has them seize and hold and use their heavy, muscular body to twist off pieces of flesh (as this poor gal found out). I found also found out the hard way when I got a permanent injury from a neighborhood Pit Bull. Protect yourself and your children if you know they are about. Note that Pits kill dozens in the USA annually here: http://www.dogforums.com/general-dog-forum/8689-dog-bite-statistics-breed.html Observe that no other breed is even close.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yenots11

    You're an idiot if you think this dog needs to be put down. Not only was she a stranger. The dog was in a strange place with lights and cameras and people. A stressful situation for even a mild mannered dog. Have you ever went from petting a dog, not your own, to sticking your face in his? Most don't handle it well, but not all are big enough to rip your face off. She merely mistook his friendliness for comfortability, and paid the price. It's definitely not the dogs fault, it just reacted. I also doubt that she's a complete moron, though she displayed a devestating lack of judgement there.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playjojo

      Extremely well put, but you cannot tell that to some people.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lovepets

      Well said ! How stupid was this anchorwoman ! In a stressful TV station environment for ANY dog like this; I wouldn't even touch ANY dog; including my own dog !

      February 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      I agree that the anchor woman is not a complete moron, or she would have insisted that the dog be put down. At least she had the decency to recognize that this dog was only doing WHAT DOGS DO, and she seems to have accepted responsibility for the accident, as so she should.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    These dogs are KILLERS. Put him DOWN.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • lins

      I hope you are trying to be funny by saying that...if not you just sound ignorant...read a book.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Are you nuts? The woman kissed a strange dog! Who in their right mind would do such a stupid thing? The dog was a in strange place, with strange people and this person moved (in the dog's mind) to bite him. This is typical tale of a dog being punished for a human's stupdity.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      You – and all the others who responded in kind – are idiots. Had the dog not experienced the ordeal on the ice, been properly introduced to the anchor and the surroundings, it would have been fine. The anchor was asking for trouble when she leaned in to kiss this dog, unknown to her before the interview.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The owner should've killed that EVIL DOG!!!

    YES.... He should buried that dog in backyard and instead of putting on the ice.

    If he can't kill a dog. Sell that dog.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • lins

      Dont breed...seriously best advice you'll ever get..

      February 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Not the Dogs Fault

    What kind of idiot puts their face in a dog's face they don't know? So dumb. People always blame the dog but never take the proper precautions when dealing with animals.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lifelong dog owner

    It never ceases to amaze me how dumb and naive so many women are who approach strange dogs, often with a high pitched loud voice, and expect to be welcome...
    Lucky for these women, that I have the sweetest dogs, but have been in this situation all too often and sometimes feel sorry for my dogs who don't understand this behavior of a stranger towards them.

    Don't blame a strange dog or the owner, if you just can't be respectful to both of them.

    This woman probably didn't learn a thing and will have more trouble like this in her future – because to her its all about her and her unhealthy and unwise impulses.
    All I can say is: Natural selection and another applicant for the annual Darwin award.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • elizzyp

      yeah, only women are foolish enough to approach strange dogs......

      February 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lins

      Why you make a valid point...im pretty sure men do it too. Don't ruin your legit statement with an extremely dumb one...

      February 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lifelong dog owner

      This is my personal experience of over 40 years.
      Like it or not.
      If mostly men would act like this, I would say the same thing and be critical of that kind of behavior just the same.
      Probably even more, as they usually insist or pretend to be in charge at all times and in any situation.

      And the guy handling the dog in that situation could have been a lot more protective of this type of woman, no doubt.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • lins

      Well you get me statistics...valid ones that prove that. I'll shut my mouth...but since we are just going off your personal experience and mostly your opinion...I'm gonna have to say Im not buying it. I have a lot of dog experience too...not 40 because im not that old...but a lot and I dont agree. Dumb men and women dog handlers. Again, I agree with you that she shouldn't have done that and it was dumb of her. People who arent educated or around dogs or pets very much don't know better.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lifelong dog owner

      Yes, you got it – mostly women exhibit this stupid behavior.
      Visit a dog park and observe for yourself.
      You will see several dogs getting scared and acting out.
      Hopefully those dogs are in under better control.

      Now turn off the computer and go to the nearest dog rescue and take one home and make both your lives a better one.
      Cheers.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lifelong dog owner

      What we learned in life comes from personal experience.
      Waste of time to try and talk somebody out of that, even if your experiences were the opposite.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Karla

    Rule # : Never put your face near a dog you don't know. What kind of idiot do you have to be to do something like that? People astound me with their stupidity. If a stranger walked up to you on the street and put their face in yours how would you react?

    February 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mc

      "If a stranger walked up to you on the street and put their face in yours how would you react?"

      I probably wouldn't bite them. =)

      February 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2chihuahuas

      Karla, absolutely correct, you should NEVER put your face in that position. Even your own dogs can sometimes feel threatened. Children are especially at risk for this behaivor and I have seen some very sad situations with dogs and kids. When dogs are too excited, too tired, too overwrought or faced with an unknown situation they can be unpredictable. I have been a dog owner all my life and I am a bit disappointed that the dog owner was not more "on guard" towards his dogs behaivor. He should have been aware of the dogs stress level, even if the dog NEVER did anything like this before. I don't see the victim calling for the dogs destruction so why are the numbskulls here asking for that. I love dogs but I would never assume any dog is anything other than what it is, an ANIMAL.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The owner should've killed that EVIL DOG!!!

    Next time don't listen to PETA say you should keep "EVIL" dog in the house. Evil dogs are not friendly. you can't give that evil dog many chances. He will become more dangerous.

    siegfried and roy got lion attack. Animals can behave badly.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Your comment alone shows how ignorant you are and how you are just talking out of your ass. If you knew anything about PETA you would know that they actually do NOT condone owning dogs as pets. Ignorance is bliss huh? Judging by how you pulled half your comment out of your ass, Ill assume the rest of your comment came out of there too – seeing as that is where your head is also probably located.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • lins

      Does your mom know you are using the computer kiddo? You should spend more time hitting the books. I hope you don't own any pets by the way...or kids...

      February 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • graphicsgirl777

      Whoa. Somebody has issues. Do you see devils inside people as well? I hear they have pills for that.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scott

    She took this very well and everything looks to be on the mend

    February 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    This dog didn't do anything wrong, what person in their right mind tries to hug and kiss a dog they don't even know!When are people going to learn that just because THEY want to hug and kiss a dog, that the dog wants or even understands what they are doing. Anyone who says that the dog should be put down are clearly as stupid as this woman.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard

    All these fighting breeds should be destroyed. It's not that they produce them most bites of the dog breeds, but they do by far the most damage. I saw one of them once, jumping up at a tree and biting off 1" branches like they were nothing. They are not fit to be with humans.

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

      Bad owners create bad dogs. IM sure that dog had a very iresponsible owner – but thats not the dogs fault.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Your an idiot!

      February 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • lins

      They are like that because of humans Dick. Humans are the evil ones...not the dogs.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • educateyourself

      correction: not fit to be with uneducated humans

      February 24, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The owner should've killed that EVIL DOG!!!

    The owner should not listen deceptive word and saying EVIL DOGS are GOOD DOGS.

    Dogs can't even talk. They bark. Use your head.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CJ Topspin

    Exactly...how many of us would get upset if a total stranger...or a different species twice our size decided to lean over and kiss our nose?

    February 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AreYouSerious?

    Dogs of any size are predatory in nature and will lash out when threatened. It's their nature and can never be bread out of them. Get a cat.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • LiveFromATX

      Are YOU serious? ANY creature, including cats (and humans), will lash out when threatened. And like ANY OTHER creature, they have body language to tell you that they're uncomfortable. As someone who works with dogs, when I watch this interview, it's a cacophony of alarm bells from that dog signaling her to back off, and she gets more and more in its space. People don't take time to learn how to "read" animals' body language, and then claim it's the animal's fault when they get bitten. This could have been easily avoided.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJ Shaw

      Couldn't agree more, and it's sad that most people don't realize that while dogs are largely domesticated animals they are still reactive and instinctual when they feel threatened or that their survival is at stake. I for one never, ever take a dog for granted.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JudgeWatt

      Wrong.
      Dogs are by nature scavengers.. look it up.
      Cats, on the other hand ARE predators...
      If a kitten is not socialized in the first 8 weeks, it will remain feral it's whole life.
      Any animal in a stressful situation tried to defend itself.
      It is unfortunate for the woman that dog bit her, but you don't put your face (which contains a mouth with teeth) in another – unfamiliar – animals face. Try doing the same thing to a stranger's cat sometime.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JudgeWatt

      Sorry for the spelling and grammar mistakes, I'm kind of angry right now.
      At people, by the way, not the dog – doing what comes naturally to it.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • AreYOUserious?

      Well, it's true....you can't fix STUPID. But, before you go raising your children to believe it's OK to lean into a strange dog's face for a kiss, take candy and rides from nice people and that life is fair, check your OWN, or rather the lack of, COMMON SENSE. On behalf of mature adults, and pet owners everywhere, we'd like to Thank You for not blaming the Animal for blatant Human ignorance. 🙂

      February 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seola

      I'm tired of "I work with dogs" as their excuse to judge what was going on. The fact is – being TRAINED by actual trainers to work with dogs is what matters. This dog was NOT giving off any signals until about 2 seconds beforehand. The ears were not taught, the shoulders tension was relaxed and the dog was panting (dogs won't pant when threatened). I have a dog of my own, I can say "I worked with dogs" – but until you are trained by real people to do that work – armchair quarterbacking is just that.

      The dog has had no training, as ALL dogs should have PERIOD. Little to large. The owner didn't even keep up with vaccinations, that should tell you firsthand the dog had no formal training.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AreYouSerious?

    Bred.

    February 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • doofus

      It's B-R-E-E-D

      February 24, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JudgeWatt

      Sorry Dufus... past tense – Bred.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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