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. J

    It's her own fault for putting her face in the face of a dog she doesn't know and that doesn't know her. Glad she's moving on a recovered but hope she learned a lesson. It's common sense people. And don't base it on the breed. That could have happened with any breed. If you ask any home insurance company about dog bite claims, they will tell you that the majority of them are from small breed dogs regardless of what the restrictions are that they have listed for the so-called "dangerous breeds." Any dog will bite if they feel a need to be defensive, it's not necessarily an act of aggression. It's just as if someone got in your face and invaded your personal space. Your reaction would probably be to back up, tell them off, or push the away. That poor dog couldn't back away from her and unfortunately he doesn't have a voice to have said "lady back the eff off". Animals react the only way they can. Humans need to learn to use their common sense.

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

      Exactly.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • thatdogshouldbekilled

      Always the victims fault right? Your pathetic....

      February 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • leslyn

      This statement is correct. The human did a stupid, agressive thing to the dog, even if it was unintentional.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      You're*

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

      She's not blaming the dog. And you're right any dog of any breed could have done that. I was bitten by a sweet little dog for the same reason. He was too cute and I was too stupid. I learned my lesson and I'm really lucky he was way too small to do any damage.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Unfortunately, you're completely wrong. There ARE differences in behavioral inclination among different breeds of dog....and THIS breed also tends to be trained for aggression by their owners. If the dog had ANY propensity to bite unfamiliar people in the face, it shouldn't have been on television or brought into the presence of unfamiliar people. Over thousands of years of domestication, most breeds of dog have been bred to NOT attack people, even unfamiliar ones, unless specifically commanded and trained to do so. That's why almost all people are generally comfortable around dogs and are warned by owners in those rare instances when they're approaching dogs that haven't been trained to behave. Clearly, the handlers of this animal could NOT predict its behavior, or they would have warned the reporter not to approach the way she did....or warned her that the dog was displaying signs of being uncomfortable. So again....you're totally full of bull.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • lillbit

      Nicely put and so true!!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Agreed. You can't just kill everything that doesn't bend to your will – dogs are animals and people shouldn't expect them to have the precise manners of many humans. She should have known better but the owners should have known better also.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • YeahRight

      Um, yeah, but there's a BIG difference between a chihuahua biting you and a pit bull. My sister has a pit bull and as nice as the dog seems, he is not getting anywhere near my baby. I agree with you though, that it's not very smart to do what she did. I know from personal experience when I bent over to coo to a friend's mutt (maybe 55 lbs. or so) that I didn't know very well and was greeted with a lurch towards my face. Luckily, I was barely grazed, but I learned my lesson. Both extreme view points need to understand both have decent points to make. Be careful around larger dogs, especially with younger children.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Not to be nit-picky Allen, but your response doesn't make much sense. The fact that humans tend to train a certain type of dog for aggression does not necessarily mean it has a behavioral or innate inclination to act aggressively. Mastiffs are physically and strong and will do damage if aggressive but the previous commenter is right that smaller dogs tend to be more aggressive and prone to attack. Your beef is–rightfully–with the owners, not the dog.

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

      I don't know if you've seen the video of the actual attack, but I have. I do agree with most of what you said, but SOME dogs do have an aggressive nature. And it may not be the dog's fault either; it could have been that his owners trained him to attack or they have been beaten and abused him resulting in the dog to feel as if being aggressive is the only way to be safe. She could have done a movement that signaled to the dog to attack or scared him. However, Pit bulls are also naturally aggressive as they were specifically bred for hunting larger animals such as bears. So it is inert for most (not all but most) to be aggressive. I am not blaming the woman or the owners of the dog because I don't know of the situation behind closed doors, but the only thing that matters is that the dog did bite her and the owners should take care that this should NEVER happen again.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnastasiaB

      This one's tough. I wouldn't say it was anyone's fault exactly. Obviously, she shouldn't have leaned in that close to a dog she didn't know, but maybe she just wasn't thinking. The dog had been under a lot of stress after being rescued and in being in unfamiliar situations, I'm sure. But I will agree that small dogs are just as likely to bite as big dogs.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • MARSHALL

      100! RIGHT

      February 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ian

    Hey, another story of a pitbull attacking a human, shocking!

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

      Hey try reading the article again and you will see that the breed isn't a pitbull.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Mastiffs are not Pit-bulls!!

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

      It's not a pit-bull and the mastiff family is one of the gentlest dog breeds there is. I have a 140 lb american bulldog and I would be more afraid of a chihuahua that being said mastiffs are extremely strong and powerful animals and all animals can be dangerous when scared and uncomfortable.

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

      Id10t

      Where is the Pitbull? i see no pitbull

      its small minds like yours that give dogs a bad name

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

      Dogo Argentinos (Argentine Mastiffs) are descended from the Cordoba Fighting Dog and are used in dog fighting just like Pits. People use Argentine Mastiff now because a lot of people know Dogo Argentinos are breed banned in many countries including the UK because they are known to be a vicious and dangerous breed people import for dog fighting.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juli

      First of all, a Mastiff is NOT a Pitbull, they are 2 different breeds, so if you're going to make statements at least get your facts right.

      And second, this could have happened with ANY breed of dog– the dog was in a new environment, with lots of new people, and a complete stranger came right up into their face. The reaction will be the same with most animals– fight or flight– it had no where to get away, so it acted to defend itself because it thought it was threatened.

      It's basic common sense. When are people going to stop treating all animals like cute and fuzzy things? They are living breathing creatures that see the world differently from us.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pearl

      It isn't even a pit. At least know what you are saying before you unfairly attack.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      for one it isn't a pit bull, two learn how to read before you post an opinion on a topic, three pit bull type dogs are not allowed in Denver

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

      Let's check your facts. The article clearly states that the dog was an Argentine Mastiff, not a pitbull. As a proud owner of a 4 year-old pitbull, I know firsthand the love and dedication that characterizes the breed. Pets are a product of their environment...so these attacks you find "shocking" are the result of inhumane and negligent dog ownership.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phoenix

    dogs are not man s best friend[ maybe the heathen]they are tools of satan except for the dogs that assist the blind and handicap.

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

      Totally weird, dude. Are you a Christian troll?

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

      But they are so loving and sweet! Maybe that's why I like Satan...

      February 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      I'm sorry. You must have had a dog as a kid that was hit by a car or put down or run away from home or something. They have counseling that can help you cope with loss you've experienced.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • real_personn

      A town somewhere is missing it's idiot...and looks like we found you for them.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allio

      Well at least the dogs that assist the blind and handicapped are exempt from being Satan's tools. Thanks for the giggle...this comment makes absolutely no sense!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      People say some of the nastiest things about animals, especially since humans are by far the most destructive force on this planet by far, Hate is never the answer or being uneducated about something before you speak or write something

      February 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Up2Late

    I'm surprised no one has blamed this on Obama, the republican presidential race, liberals, conservatives, the war in Afghanistan, PETA, people who wear fur, pro-life/pro-choice, Bill Maher, little kids who like ice cream, or any of the other absolutely ridiculous far-reaching comparisons that CNN readership is known for. I applaud you CNN readers!

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

      Well, that's because this can't be blamed on anything or anyone you mentioned.
      I personally blame the bite on global warming though.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • leslyn

      It's the Girl Scouts' fault.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. longtooth

    It's not the breed, it's the owner, right? Honest owners of pit bulls know they're a dangerous breed by nature. That doesn't mean they're all killers, but as a breed they're dangerous. How many kids get chewed up by the neighborhood golden retriever? That being said, the anchorwoman should not have done what she did with any dog she didn't know.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • kay

      If you read the whole thing you would know that this dog isnt a pitbull its a totaly differnt kinda of dog. get your facts straight!

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

      Did you even read or follow the original story?? This dog was not a Pit Bull!!

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

      And morons can't read. The dog is an Argentinian Mastiff. But, this IS how pitbulls get blamed for everything because nobody can tell the difference between one breed and another...

      February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeattleDogOwner

      Hello...... did you read the article or follow the story? It's not a pit bull. It's an Argentinian Mastiff. This is what kills me about anti-pit bull people... they basically think any dog that bites is a pit bull, EVEN WHEN THE ARTICLE SAYS IT'S NOT. Get educated, stop fear mongering.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jj

      So true!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginny

      Max the dog is an Argentine Mastiff (also known as the Dogo Argentino). That is NOT a pit bull!! Come people get your facts straight.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • basketcase

      How many "neighborhood golden retrievers" are neglected, abused, and teased by kids?

      February 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Renea

      Not a pitbull.... seriously.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • haha fools

      yeah if you read the article it says the dog is a mastiff, not a pitbull

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

      http://www.wcnc.com/news/local/Child-attacked-by–130181238.html

      Any species (humans...and Golden Retrievers included) will attack if they feel threatened. Dogs have no way of knowing "intentions" of those they attack. If they feel threatened and, cannot get away, they will attack to let their aggressor know they will fight if necessary.

      We unfortunately try to humanize every action/reaction of all species when this cannot be done as they do not think or feel as we can.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DoggieDay

    I have a rescue Chihuahua that goes berserk at the sight of someone wearing a uniform. I think he used to be a guard dog for a Columbia drug lord trained to kill the Federales on sight. Unfortunately, one day the mailman had the bad judgement to stick his leg in the dog's mouth, and the dog tore it off. The mailman now receives disability retirement and no longer wears his uniform, so he and "Little Chi-Chi" have become good friends.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      Is the dog still available?

      February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • basketcase

      I somehow doubt that a columbian drug lord used a chihuahua as a guard dog.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • SteveOfTx

      It's well known that small breeds make the best guard dogs.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keyser

    what kind of moron puts her face near the snout of an unfamiliar dog????? Then work in the lights, smells and strangers on the set of a t.v. shoot. This has nothing to do with pit bulls...this has to do with common sense. What an a**. They should put her down. It might also be a good practice to muzzle all dogs on the sets of programs. She is ridiculous. Has she not seen the video of that woman getting owned by that bear in Russia???

    February 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      What kind of moron, reads an article, and still can't comprehend that it wasn't a pitbull.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. thatdogshouldbekilled

    Typical dog lovers defending the dog. Its always the victims fault, right, dog lovers? So if someone gets close to my face can I bite it off? Stupid animal lovers care more about animals than humans.....pathetic.

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

      Yes you are.

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

      I don't think anyone would want to get close to your face.

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

      So by your argument anyone who is injured by a knife or table saw should have the tool destroyed? Animal lovers are not stupid, the only stupidity I see here is putting your face near an unknown dog.

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

      So the dog, an animal, should have had more common sense than the idiot human? YES, IT IS THE VICTIMS FAULT! It's a dog, not a baby!

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

      Dude. You're ignorant. You put any animal in a situation that stressful (and oh, by the way, the dog had just been rescued after almost drowning when he fell through ice on a lake), and you get in it's face, hell yeah it's going to react. He felt threatened. If you had even watched the damn video you would know that. I'm from Denver and watch 9 news all the time, and I love Kyle. Even she admits that it was an accident and she didn't want the dog anywhere but with it's owner. Get off your pedestal dude. You're as unintelligent as they come.

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

      you should be killed for being so ignorant

      February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatGirl

      So you're saying that if I stuck my face in, let's say, a lion's face, that the lion won't and shouldn't bite me? Dogs are animals, and if they feel threatened then they will attack, plain and simple. The dog even showed signs of being uncomfortable, it even tried to back away but it couldnt because it was cornered. The anchor didn't know better, but now she does.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thispostershouldbekilled

      Seems like you have an issues with animals. What your parents never brought you that dog that yo wanted as a kid and now you resent all animals and people who care about animals. I bet you probably shot animals as a kid with a bb gun. Yes it is her fault. And yes if someone gets in your face you can bit or punch them. But since you are a person, lets assume that u are, who has the ability to think thngs through and know the conseqences of your action you will be at fault. Unlike the dog.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • miss manager

      you are an idiot

      February 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob666

      Whose fault is this? Both.. Why is it the dog's fault? Because IT'S A DOG! All dogs bite. Every one of them. It's what they do! It's also the reporters fault because IT'S A DOG! All dogs bite. It's what they do!

      Now that the obvious has been stated, everything has boundaries. I own a Pit Bull. I don't stick my face in hers' and I don't allow her to put her face in mine. I don't allow my grandkids to play with her. I post signs outside saying beware of dog. Now this is key: I would do that for any dog I owned. BECAUSE THEY ARE DOGS!!!

      The dog in question is not a Pit Bull. It is a Dogo Argentino. This breed is much larger, stronger and typically less friendly to strangers than a Pit Bull. But this really should not matter – because IT IS A DOG! All dogs bite. Respect that and there will be alot fewer dog bites in the world. And they don't all have to die, just like all Bengal Tigers don't have to die. All Bengal Tigers bite. Why? Because they're Bengal Tigers.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ann west

    🐶 I hope she recovers from this serious and horrible attack! My friend owns a beautiful, docile, loving ,family oriented pit bull. That being said, As much as I love all animals and personally know of a good pit bull , Mammals are unpredictable . Especially Humans!!

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

      Lovely that your friend has a great pit bull, I foster one as well. They are the best! But this article isn't about a pit bull. Let's stop bringing it back to the (incorrect) breed and focus on the real lesson – interacting with strange dogs.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginny

      Did you read the article? Max is not a pit bull he is an Argentine Mastiff. He is NOT a pit bull!! Why are you even comparing your friends pit bull to Max when they are completely different breeds? Comments like yours is why pit bulls have such a bad reputation...people can't distingush between a pit bull and a completely different breed.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ann west

      🎯 I was told it was a pitt mix, anyway I didn't bash the bread (read my comments) Any traumatized dog could have attacked in that way.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ann west

    🌹 I really hope she makes a fast recovery 🌹

    February 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bubba

    Has COMMON SENSE left the world today???? You DON'T EVER go face-to-face with a dog..... i'm alpha for my dogs, and I won't even do that with THEM. It's an aggression move which they may respond to very badly........ and in this case DID....

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

      i can get right in my dog's face because i *am* the alpha.

      i think the point here is it wasn't her dog.. my kids know to be careful around strange dogs.. her parents let her down..

      it always comes back to parents..

      February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bubba

      But the point still being that face to face is still a bad idea, alpha or not. Some day, your pet may challenge YOU as alpha. It happens all the time.

      February 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. workingamerican

    Small breed dogs do not cause devastating injuries like this. I'm sick and tired of the defense of pit bulls and related bull breeds. Defenders of the breed always put the blame on either the victim or the owner –never the dog, nor will they admit that these dogs are dangerous. This dog should be put down, just as any dog that causes that kind of severe, unprovoked injury –with absolutely no warning - should be put down.

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

      These fighting dog breeds and some of the more vicious guard breeds should be banned. Period.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      There were more people attacked by Labs last year than by "bull" breeds. Maybe you should do some research.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlena

      But it WAS provoked. She put her face in the dog's face. He probably wouldn't have had this reaction with his owner that he sees as "alpha" but with a stranger all bets are off. Jeesh. Maybe people need to watch Nick Jr for the Moose and Z commercial on how you can safely approach an unknown dog.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • lillbit

      @Burbank, if only that were true for humans as well!!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • fab0720

      Don't kid yourself. My neighbor had her arm open in a split second by a miniature pincher. Yeah that's the dog with toothpicks for legs. After emergency surgery she still has full mobility. Any size animal can cause significant damage. I'm a dog lover, but I respect all breeds.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • leslyn

      Your mistake was in using the word "unprovoked." You clearly didn't read the story, and/or know nothing about dogs. They aren't toys.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeattleDogOwner

      It's not a pit bull. By "related bull breeds," to what are you referring? Boston Terriers? They are very closely related to the American Pit Bull Terrier. I'm guessing you didn't mean that. Mastiffs? (yes, this article is about a mastiff). I think they pre-date pit bulls by quite a bit, so don't blame them on pit bulls. Oh, just animals that cause "devastating injuries"? Ok, bye bye Labs. The woman in France who's face required a face transplant? That was her LAB that did that. Yep, Pomeranians have to go... one killed an infant.

      The reality is that dogs bite. It's not breed specific. Stop making it about a breed.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      I think we should put down all animals that may pose a threat to humans. Wait, that makes all of them. Even chickens, they could come with bird flu. Or cats, they leave hair balls around people may choke on them. My mother in law too please. Workingamerican grab your shotgun. What planet are you from ?

      February 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mark

    dogs are like people in the sense that if they are raised in a bad enviroment they will end up being bad. people who grow up around drugs and gangs are going to be more prone to be involved in that when they are older. if a dog grows up in a bad enviroment with a bad ownerit will be a bad dog. BYRD you are idiot. if there werent bad people there wouldnt be bad dogs. but yes you should never put your face in a strange dogs face. i own 4 american pitbull terriers(the ones always blammed for dog attacks). but look and Argentine Mastiff bit someone and its not an American pitbull terrier. my dogs all get along bc i socialized them with people and animals when they were young and continue to do it. they dont even chase squirrels. so suck on that all you haters

    February 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. plush

    wow, some people are just stupid.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Burbank

    People should never get in a strange animals face like that. Proper safety and "animal ettiquette" with any 4 legged animal is to first present the BACK of the hand, not the palm side, for smelling. The reason not to present the palm of the hand is that animals instinctively know you can grab them if you want, the back of the hand is much safer to them.

    Doing this is like asking permission to come closer. Then if the animal is OK with it, you can proceed to petting. Even at that, you NEVER should stick your face in a strange animal's face to kiss it on the nose! That is just asking for trouble, which this poor woman got in spades!

    February 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
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