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. JPL

    At least this dog had a reason to bite, he was stressed and felt threatened. I have more respect for this dog than the (un)human thugs running around on our inner city streets who will kill you over pocket change and walk away laughing about it.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penchant

      That's messed up thinking, dude.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burbank

      What's wrong with respecting an animal more than people that act like them? I agree with him.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      Those guys are stressed and threatened all the time, thats why they act like that. No money, no home, no food. Not any different than if you were to train a pit bull to fight every day.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kleb

      whoa

      February 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      WRONG!

      The dog did not have a reason to bite, it incorrectly thought it had a reason. There is a big difference! If the animal is incapable of discerning a threat from a reporter than it has problems... and should not be let off the hook. Dogs are smarter than you are giving them credit for, though this one doesn't appear to fit the mold.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. genuine1

    Unfortunately, it was a dumb thing to do. I always have to roll my eyes when I see someone kissing a horse as well. Lived with them all my life; that animal throws it's head once and kiss your teeth goodbye.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Silvia

    First, dogs are wonderful creatures. Anybody that thinks otherwise or has anything against animals should get in touch with reality and look at all the BS that humans do. Second, while she shouldn't have been so close to the dog, what happened happened. Third, she is actually the best example of how one should act after an animal attack. She understands that things just happen. When animal attacks happen, it is not the animal's fault. More than likely, it's the human's fault. I fully commend her.

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

      You fully commend her for what?

      February 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, sorry.
      I just re-read your post.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cathy

    I have a terrier & he is really sweet with his family but having been around dogs my whole life, I understand that if in an environment they are not familiar with, they will bite. I truly believe that dogs should be muzzled when around people they do not know. I put a muzzle on my dog for his walks and anytime he is out around strangers. I am so sorry for your injury. I hope you recover well. Pass this info to your producer.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Argentine Mastiff

    Lady was PWNED!

    February 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MashaSobaka

    I'm really, really glad that there is at least one dog who isn't paying the price for human ignorance. She violated the basic rules of behaving around dogs and she paid a steep price. But that does not make it the dog's fault. If someone lunged at you, you'd fight back. Especially if you were already in a stressful situation. She inadvertently asserted her dominance, and a bit aggressively too, and the dog reacted the way a dog would be expected to react. Bravo to her for not blaming the dog for something that was her fault. I hope she brushes up on her dog etiquette if she ever works with them again.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ATLmatt

      The anchor's reaction post-bite is admirable. This dog acted as he was supposed to when this strange human entered his space. To err is human to forgive canine.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      ATLmatt:
      Word. And, lol.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TexMan

    I give her credit for not demanding that the dog be put down. I hope that he makes a full recovery. I also hope that the owners stop treating this dog like a show pony.

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

      I seriously doubt that the owners called the news station and asked if they would cover the story. Pretty sure it was the station's idea.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Truffuls

    Doesn't anyone see her in this video? Once again, she is down on her knees being all touchy feely with the dog. Stay OUT of a dogs personal space unless the dog is comfortable with you.

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

      wise (and I thought obvious) advice

      February 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogsrus

      i understand the mistake but the pix you are looking at (top) is the original feed – prior to being bitten. The person holding the lease should have (i am assuming it is the owner of course) warned her to not put her face in the dogs – any one who owns a dog should understand that it is an animal and the reality of that – he is negligent and the one beside him (if he is not a cop he is an animal control person) and he should have known also. It was an accident – but it was an avoidable accident! Dogs bite – if they do not know you and you are in there face at the best of times they can bite – but if the dog has been in a stress situation that % possibility 10 folds – anyone with dog knowledge knows this – uuug people are too complacent – esp for a sound (t.v.) bite!

      February 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. maverick6996

    This dog should NEVER of been bought in this environment you are asking for trouble. The reporter most lightly has no clue and just stuck her face right in front of the dog. The dog saw this as a threat and will bite. I hope the reporter gets well and people learn from this and dont bring them into a studio set where its not familar with the surroundings.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Relictus

      No one EVER says this of dogs like Pugs or Pomeranians. Why? Because those dogs are breed as sociable pets. Even big dogs like Golden Retrievers and Labradors are renowned for their social ability. Stop making excuses for dogs breed for one purpose: threatening people.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • sara

      These dogs were bred for threatening wild boars, not people. And I assume your blind ignorance is encompassing pit bull type dogs of all breeds. I know a chocolate lab that is 10x more aggressive than any pit bulls I've known, in fact it killed a chihuahua in the neighborhood. Breed doesn't matter. When will people open their eyes?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Relictus

    A pit-bull lookalike involved in an attack on a human being. That type of dog has one purpose, and it's not to play "kissyface" with people.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      your an idiot but of course the media made you that way, you shouldn't do it with any breed of dog and fyi, golden retrievers have a higher bite rate than any other breed.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chet

      A pit-bull looking dog? Ahahahaha, species-al profiling. You know nothing about dogs.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • checi

      It was not a "pitbull look alike". It was an Argentine Mastiff. You probably couldn't tell a pitbull if you met one. There are many breeds that have the same short hair, blocky head look. You obviously don't know much about dog breeds.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      It could have been a chihuahua and the same thing would likely have happened. The dog was sending clear stress signals. I'm really glad that this reporter is going to be okay and that the dog is back with his family. You need to educate yourself.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ATLmatt

    why would you kiss a strange dog on the nose?

    February 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe Blow

    She shouldn't have kissed the dog.. I agree. BUT back in the old days..when dogs were getting domesticated. If a dog did this.. it sure as s&%% was going to die. That is how humans domesticated animals. The friendly ones tended to live – the mean ones got eaten for supper.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kurt

    I can not believe how many people value canine and human life the same on this comment board. The excuses for the dog are hilarious. "He was warning her," "it's his instinct", blah blah blah. If the dog's genetics are hard wired to disfigure someone it doesn't know, the dog is unsafe and not fit for domestication.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ATLmatt

      Are you a zoologist or a vet?

      February 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TROLLOLOLO

    THE DOG NEEDS TO BE PUT DOWN !!!!!!! KILL ALL DOGS LIKE THAT !!!!!!!!! PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN DOGS !!!

    February 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogsrus

      YIKKES YOU ARE VERY VERY SCARY DUDE

      February 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BigAppleBucky

    I watched the original video when it came out. She was scratching the dog under the chin which is a submissive gesture. Then, from the dog's point of view, she got in his face, an aggressive gesture. The dog "corrected" her. Usually the correction isn't that damaging, but this was a big powerful, and as others noted, a nervious dog.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      dogs are not supposed to "correct" humans... that is not "normal" or appropriate behavior for a domesticated animal.

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