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. SparklePlenty

    Don't blame dogs, blame stupid people! How smart can this woman be in the first place to stick her face that close to an animal you don't even know?

    February 25, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dont blame the animal

    what in her right mind made her decide to put her face near an animal. its not a pitbull you people who think it's a pitbull read the article again it clearly says an Argentine Mastiff. ANY dog small or large will bite when feeling threaten. Dont blame a pitbull, half the time people want to blame a pitbull. every decade people wanna blame a breed of dogs for biting when is the owner should to be blame for not controlling or warning anybody to not be too close. when are we going to start blaming the chihuahua for biting our ankles. Little dogs are more aggressive than big dogs. i bet half these people calling dogs "Land sharks" wouldn't know that because their hopping on a bandwagon for hate. BLAME THE OWNER. Society needs to stop finding something to blame and grow up and take responsibility for their actions

    February 25, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. M

    I concur with Jaxx.

    February 25, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    Good thing she wasn't interviewing a zoo keeper about an alligator.

    February 25, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. thatdogshouldbekilled

    Why do dog lovers always blame the victim? Pathetic.....kill this useless animal!

    February 25, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Royalcolin

    We wish her speedy recovery and it was good that they didnt do away with the dog. The dog is a dumb creature and cannot differentiate between an intruder and a TV presenter. If it had bitten off a home intruder we would have said well done.
    Lets hope the wounds heal fast and the lady gets back onto her job

    February 25, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. josh

    Amazing Lady!

    February 25, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. toshistation

    Some facts:
    1) Kyle Dyer does a regular piece on dogs and cats in need of adoption from shelters and has done so for a couple years. In that time, she has been very friendly and touchy with the dogs that are brought onto the set. Usually, these dogs love Dyer. It was an error in judgement on her part to put her face this close to a strange dog, to be sure, but her experience probably did not prepare her for what happened. Rest assured, she will probably not make the same mistake twice.
    2) Denver has a rigid One Strike policy with regard to vicious dog attacks, which states that a dog which commits a vicious attack on a human or another dog MUST be destroyed. Clearly, Dyer understood her mistake, and such is her kind nature that she must have used a lot of her influence to keep this law being enforced, because she loves dogs.

    A tragic thing to be sure, but it's impressive and inspiring that Dyer retains her sympathy.

    February 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fritz

    Yeah, total accident. She leaned in toward the dog's head with hers. The dog saw her eyes coming close and the dog freaked. The dog perceived a sudden threat and attacked. This could happen to anyone who loves critters. On the good side if anyone can call it that is that she taught us all a terrible lesson. Don't try to kiss strange dogs on the nose.

    February 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      Yes, spoken like a true a whole, my son.

      February 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. akchik89

    Don't lean into a strange dogs face and try and kiss him. That's stupid! Dogs don't really like you all up in their face anyway. Like someone else said below the dog felt threatened and panicked!

    February 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Satan

      Another numbskull comment from another a whole. If you read the whole article and how she saved the dog's life, your pathetic comment would not have been necessary.

      February 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nancy

    best of luck to you in your recovery and your future!

    February 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. augie

    Someone from the studio should have told that woman how to approach a dog, just cause they wag their tail and are not growling doesn't mean they will not defend their space. The studio did not train this reporter properly, they set her up for a hurt, it's NOT the dogs fault, it's the fault of the owner for not warning the reporter not to approach the dog that way and her bosses for not looking out for her safety. I hope she heals well and every person doing this kind of story learns something..this is not the first time this has happened..when will people learn !

    February 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Wow,these comments show either a lot of willful ignorance and the fact that a lot of you can not read, or that you really get it and understand dogs. Kudos to all you who can REALLY understand this situation. I train so called "klller" dogs, and every single time, the problems were caused BY the owner. Every single time.

    February 25, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Larsen

    The docs did a GREAT job on the reconstruction. It looks good already, and once it heals very little will show.

    February 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Larsen

    The docs did a GREAT job on the reconstruction!

    February 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
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