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. Pete PIetramala

    this is why we should never kiss a dog – pass on to our kids

    February 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tripp

      I kiss my dog. He kisses me back. But he is a Golden Retreiver and doesnt have a violent disposition.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      Correction, Pete: no one should ever lean in and get in the face of a dog or puppy they don't know. Neither adult nor child. This entire set up was asking for trouble. You have a naturally reactive breed, a studio setting with too many lights, too many people, too much tension. You have a dog who was recently traumatized. You have an officer restraining that dog in a tight hold. You have a dog who is offering body language that says "I do not like this and I feel threatened.". And then the interviewer leans in for a "kiss," which the dog perceives as an attack. I'm sad for her injuries and I hope she can recover. However, this was NOT the dog's fault.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Never put your face in any dog's face...I don't care what people say but Pit bulls are vicious! They are bred to fight plain and simple. I train dogs and pits are nasty. Breeders work on other bloodlines to get the perfect dog (labs, poodles, britney's etc). They breed against hip dysplasia, allergies, color, etc. they can also breed against aggression. Until breeders can correct this out of the breed DO NOT BUY ONE. DO NOT BRING ONE OF THESE THINGS HOME TO YOUR CHILDREN!!! THEY ARE KILLERS...

      February 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. horf

    Try to think like a dog for a minute. Sticking your face in a dog's face is threatening to the dog, especially if the dog doesn't know you. Not trying to blame the victim, but, like I said, think like a dog.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Donna Bailey

    The problem occurred when she lowered herself to the floor and to the dog's level.....
    It has nothing to do with the breed – most dogs can react that way (not saying they all will – just that it can happen). They are DOGS – and yes I'm sure some are really, really smart – but they are NOT humans and can not make a distinction between a creature at it's own level and possibly a threat – and a human.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lomez

      Thanks, Cesar Millan!

      February 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • helicohunter

      Yes, it DOES have something to do with the breed. Would a pug do that? How about a golden retriever? Nope- those dogs are good with kids, who are often at their level. Pit bulls were bred to attack other dogs, which look at them at eye level. Maybe that's why pit bulls are especially prone to attacking children. YOU CAN'T TRAIN AWAY INSTINCT!!!! It's the same reason why most wild animals don't make safe pets.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      She errored in her behavior around the dog, and as I posted above the entire set up was stressing the animal, but you are wrong to say this has nothing to do with the breed. The Argentinian dogo is a breed that should be handled with great care. They are extremely reactive and very powerful. They are bred to be that way.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      @helico, this is NOT a "pit bull." it's a Dogo Argentini. Do some research for cripe's sake.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      *Dogo Argentino

      February 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MamaJ

      To helicohunter
      NO IS DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH BREED!!
      A dog is a dog period. Yes, a pug even a poodle with bite if in the same situation. I own two pit bulls and we have trained with them...we follow Cesar Millan...he truly knows his stuff.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      First, eye to eye contact is always an invitation to fight, regardless of breed. Second, for the "reading is fundamental" crowd. NOT A PIT BULL.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jj

    Stick with cats. Much safer and don't have to follow them around with stupid bag

    February 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. MED

    Nice story about a nice lady who must truly love animals. I can't say I would have reacted the same way – I would likely still be angry at the dog, but good for her that she's not and that she has moved on with her life. My thoughts and prayers go out for her continued recovery.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Karen

      How can you be mad at the dog? You can't get in a dogs face (or a cat for that matter) if it doesn't know you.... that is just stupid. They feel threatened and will lash out.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tin Cup

    I think she looks more attractive with the hair lip.......... GRRRRRRRRR

    February 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dan

    I'm an owner of two pitbulls who have been raised to be playful loving and gentle. They are wonderful dogs with people and kids. I'm used to getting unfair questions, looks and treated unfairly when it comes to boarding my dogs. I always give dogs the benefit of the doubt.... That dog was happy, relaxed and until about .5 seconds before biting showed no signs of fear or aggression. If you are going own a dog that is big enough and strong enough to do any physical damage to an adult or child you either have to be very careful with its interactions or you need to socialize it so that it won't go from 0-60 like that. Dogs are equipped with many other ways to show displeasure other than biting, and a dog that is suitable to be a "pet" will raise it hackles, growl, bark, bare it teeth long before bites.

    bottom line – be respectful of dogs you don't know... and owners! if you are going to keep a bully bread as a pet, socialize it with dogs and people, or don't be surprised if it protects, its home, owner or itself with its teeth!

    February 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wade

      Your pit bulls will eventually harm someone or another dog and you'll say, "I don't understand it. He was such a sweet dog." I've seen it happen more times than I can count.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • basketcase

      @Wayde- Harming another dog, maybe. Pitt bulls are the type of breed that can have huge problems with dog aggression (not surprising given their genetic background). However, they are highly unlikely to have major issues with human aggression unless they are mistreated, or trained to attack humans. This is also a result of their genetic backgrounds. A fighting dog that turned on a human would have been put down without question.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      This is NOT a pit bul! Can any of you folks read? It's an entirely different breed!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      @Dan.....I was going to say something wise and intelligent about dogs, but you said it better than I could. And Wade...It's not inevitable that a well trained "aggressive" breed will bite someone ever. But it can happen.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kat

    Why is everyone talking about pitbulls?? She was not biten by a pit she was bitten by a masif! Not the same dog!! Pits were just taken off the dangerous dog list and there was a good reason for that. Know your facts before you run off at the mouth!

    February 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • checi

      They are talking about pitbulls because they are PARROTS!! They just keep repeating the same phrase over and over again because someone taught them to.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Because they are IGNORANT. Because they are small minded. Because they don't get that Dogos and American Pit Bull Terriers and Staffies are TOTALLY different dogs. Because they don't get that this is the exact same ignorance that caused the pit bulls bad rap in the first place. Hey, let's blame pits for what every breed does, and then, well, of course they will have a bad reputation! Lemming brains.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stephanie Davis

    I'm sorry that happened to her but she should not have put her face that close to a dog she didn't know. People defend with thier hands and dogs defend with thier mouths when they are threatened. And what happens to a dog when you get too close to thier face? They feel threatened. Common sense.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. DEBE

    IF YOU ARE READING THIS...REMEMBER WHAT WE TELL OUR CHILDREN! DON'T EVER, EVER
    PUT YOUR FACE INFRONT OF ANY KIND OF DOG AS THIS IS WHAT COULD HAPPEN. I'M VERY
    SORRY FOR INCIDENT AND GLAD IT IS ALL GOING TO WORK OUT!! BEST OF LUCK

    February 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. helicohunter

    So the news anchor was supposed to be a dog behavior expert??? Visitors can and do put their faces up to my Boston Terrier's face. He loves it. But Boston Terriers were bred solely for companionship- not as guard animals, herders, hunters, or anything else. Pit bulls and similar breeds were (and still are) bred to attack and not let go. They've been selectively bred for those characteristics since Roman times. Just as you can't make a tiger into a safe pet, you can't train away pit bull instincts. Most never attack, but some well-treated pit bulls do attack. Their owners are always shocked. "He has always been such a sweet dog," they say. When a poodle nips, it's no big deal. When a pit bull attacks, it's often deadly. It's the breed- NOT the owners.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alicia

      I dore my dogs, too. But any dog can feel threatened and will fear bite. I would never trust mine 100%, and like I said Imadore them, but I am also a realist

      February 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • buyaclue

      Breed only for companionship? Do some research on your dog... this is taken from the AKC website on the Boston Terrier.
      A Look Back
      Following the Civil War, the Boston Terrier breed was developed in the stables of Boston, Massachusetts, as a fighting dog. An imported dog known as "Hooper's Judge" (sold to a Boston man in 1870) became the ancestor of almost all true modern Boston Terriers

      February 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      It wasn't a pitbull that attacked her.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Not only are you wrong about your dog's history. You are wrong about this being a pit bull. And, the pit bull, also known as the American Stafforshire Terrier, was known as the "Nanny Dog" for hundreds of years for its great disposition with children. I can (and do) stick my face in my pit bull's face all the time. This is not a pit bull– it is a Dogo. A Dogo (unlike a pit bull) often bonds just to its family whereas a pit bull is far more human social. You don't know anything about pit bulls. They were not breed to be guard dogs or to attack humans. National Canine Research studies show that when they attack humans (which is rare) despite media sensationalism (and ignorant people like you attributing other breeds to pit bulls– and the media does that all the time too), it is always the result of abuse. No fixed, family pit bull has ever killed a person according to their research. SOME pit bulls are not great with dogs, but that is entirely different, and even that is a generalization, as I have four and they are a great little pack.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Also, give me a break on what the owners say. The family in Houston whose child was attacked by a pit bull recently said they were "rescuers." The media printed that for a week. It later came out that all of the dogs were STARVING and all 40 were on chains. But, the media printed that the dog was a "sweet family dog." Same thing with a "family Rottweiler in Dallas." The dog was one on 9 breeding dogs kept in the yard.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. scorpiovintage

    It's my understanding that when you go to the same level as the dog, and look into the eyes they view this as confrontation. The dog acted like a dog, and it's sad that the reported had to suffer.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Bruce

    This news station has done an awesome job with many segments on dog behaviour and how to interpret how a dog thinks. They have been proactive,and have not cast blame on anyone. Kyle Dyer is a much loved news anchor in this city, I have watched her forever. She is a consummate dog lover who made a mistake, which many of us dog lovers have done. I am happy she is recovering, and I too, have learnd from this unfortunate incident. Also glad the dog got to go home to his family.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Kendo23

    Pitbulls are dangerous....but not quite as dangerous as eating chicken McNuggets!

    February 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Terry

      This was not a pit bull.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kendo23

      Dohh! Joke fail :P

      February 24, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tin Cup

    I think she looks more attractive with the hair lip.......... GRRRRRR

    February 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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