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. top

    The article is wrong. That is not a mastiff, it is a pit bull.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carrington

      it is a dog de argentiono aka argentine mastiff

      February 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jules

      Um, no, it's an Argentine Mastiff. Try the wonderful world of Google.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • KB

      Thank You Carrington.....Please teach these ignorant people what breed the dog really is. If you don't know what you are talking about....do everyone and the breed a favor....SHUT UP !!!

      February 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      thats what it looks like to me as well. Ive been around and trained many dog breeds. I dont care how many people say they have pittbulls and they are great animals. that may be the case, but they have a natural tendancy to be aggressive. Their are other breeds that have similar tendancies as well but Pittbulls and Rottweillers have extremely thick jaw bones and can do much more damage than some of these other breeds.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      It is a dog de argentino, but yes, it might as well be a pitbull.... When are all you complete loser s going to realize that you do not have control over your dogs. They think for themselves. The only prevention to a dog attack is to not allow the dog to attack. Everything else is a toss up...

      February 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • marie

      when did you become an expert on dog breeds

      February 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      er dogo

      February 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • AreWeTherYet

      Hey Top.... Get a clue. It's NOT a pit bull. There are other dogs out there that LOOK LIKE pit bulls, but aren't. It's misinformed and ignorant people like you that give specific breeds a bad name. If you'd paid attention in the article, the dog is identified. If you took 20 seconds and googled it, you'd see the similarities. But no, you grace us all with your uninformed opinion. Here's a tip – take a minute, check your facts to make sure they support your opinion, then act accordingly. Maybe you'll learn something.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Ever since I got cable and google...

      February 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gettin Original

      May I suggest that you check your facts before posting untruths. The description shown and the weight are of an Argentine Mastiff. A Pit Bull weight is 22 to 78 pounds, NOT 85 pounds. Also an Argentine Mastiff is always solid white with no body markings, which is very rare with the Pit Bull.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      The animal has a locking jaw and was bred to hunt. In my opinion, this is a pitbull on genetic steroids. The Dogo was created from several dogs, including a pitbull... So what's the point of arguing with eachother?

      February 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichardzCatz

      Dogs like humans need to be tought. My PITBULL would not bite anyone in this situation described. Biggest problem I have with my PITBULL is sharing the bed.. She doesnt!! no biting but she pushes just fine!

      February 24, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      @Richard Another brilliant person trusting an animal with killer instincts and an IQ of less than 10...

      February 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      That is an Argentine Mastiff. the real Spanish name is Dogo Argentino (although Dogo is not real Spanish, but rather a made up word by the guy who developed these dogs).

      February 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nycgal

    people are just stupid at times! i prefer animals to people most days! LOL

    February 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Susan

    I have benn an animal lover all my life and work in animal care. As much as I love my dog, I can never understand people who equate animal life with human life. Sure, it was foolish of the the anchor to approach a strange dog like that, but blaming her is like blaming a robbery victim for walking alone at night in a bad part of town. It doesn't absolve the dog. Stressed, threatened, whatever, the dog has shown that it's natural response is deadly to humans. The owners are on notice. If this dog bites again, they are responsible.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • marie

      the dog has no blame in this. After all he went through anyone would have to be a moron to stick their face in the dogs face.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lolo

      If you are knowingly walking alone in a bad part of town and get robbed, while it technically isn't your fault, you did purposely yourself in a dangerous situation. If you knowingly stick your face into the face of a stressed animal you don't know and get attacked, while technically it isn't your fault, you did purposely put yourself in a dangerous situation. If we put down every dog who ever lashed out at someone there would be no dogs left alive on the planet.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pug Mom

      I agree!!! Some dogs also have a natural tendency towards aggression. You can train them all you want, but they could still snap without a moment's notice.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mel

    Next time if dog doesn't behave like other dogs. Shoot that dog with shotgun and bury it on backyard.

    It's not PETA choice to tell you keep the EVIL DOG. Training dog for long period time won't work either.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      No, you idiot. The owner paid his bills for dog food. Every dogs suppose to be friendly. This dog isn't. He/She using the owner for more troublesome.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • marie

      I really wish they gave out permits to hunt stupid

      February 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jagermeister

    This is NOT the dog's fault. It is the anchor's stupidity. Are you stupid to kiss a strange dog's nose? you never do that !!

    And then we blame the dogs for our stupidity. Shameful !!

    February 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. EM

    I'm glad that she's doing okay, and I'm also glad that she recognizes that the situation is what led to the bite. Dogs will bite strangers. That's why some people get dogs, right? They want a pet that will protect them. Well, this dog was placed in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers. It was partly the fault of the owner, who should not have allowed Kyle to get her face that close to their dog, and it was partly the fault of Kyle, who should have known how to approach a dog. In any case, the ending is a good one for both dog and newscaster. They both lived.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kirsten

    That is not a pit bull...or a mastiff. It looks like a Dogo Argentino...sometimes referred to as an Argentinian Mastiff but it's not. It is a combination of 10 different breeds...including Pit Bull.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Um.. All established breeds are products of breeding multiple breeds together.. And the reason everyone is so unfamiliar with DA's is because they arent a recognized breed in many kennel clubs. Oh, and "pit bull" is not a breed. It's an umbrella term that encompasses several breeds of dog, SBT, AST and APBTs being the most common.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Whatever the hell it is, we can all agree never to shove your face in to strange dog's face.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LV

    Very glad she is doing better and the dog was not punished. She should have known better than to get that close to a dog who did not know her; but people make mistakes. Maybe she can use her experience to teach others the dangers of improper dog handling.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jules

    If a stranger randomly tries to kiss me on the nose I'm probably going to bite them as well.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jessica

    Well said, Tess! I couldn't agree more. It's awful that she had to learn that lesson this way, but you're so right. Parents- teach your children from a very young age- do not approach a dog without permission and never, ever put your face in his!

    February 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tim

    So many lame comments. I live here and have watched this story for several weeks. The dog is not a pit bull and is a great dog. He had been terrorized the day before trying to survive falling into a frozen pond. Then the very next day they put under bright lights and stick Kyle Dyer in his face and people here are saying the dog should be put down? Seriously? When did america get so damn weak and dumb. Kyle is a great lady and she wants to be sure the dog goes home. She holds no animosity because she knows she was wrong for getting in his face. So just let it be. Get well Kyle.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    Stop telling her that it's her fault for getting her face too close.

    If owner was republican good kill that lousy dog.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • AreWeTherYet

      Shaddap and take your meds. You make no sense and you're obviously either high, or tragically stupid.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      The owner doesn't want that dog. The owner is being humiliated on TV, YOUTUBE, and NEWS all over the internet.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • marie

      It is her fault. It is not the dogs fault

      February 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Laurie Blair

    While I do agree that you should never put your face close to a dog's mouth – especially an unfamiliar dog – all of the signs here told her this was a friendly animal, as well he may be if in his own calm setting. I do feel, however, that the dog has potential to bite again, and simply may not be a good pet.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • marie

      If anyone stuck their face in my face I'd punch them. The dog was right she was wrong

      February 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Allen

    Really? A pit bull bit someone? LOL

    February 24, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tony

    She sounds like a class act.

    February 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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