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. brian

    People who are not familiar with dogs, do not know not to get in their faces. I never have that problem with my cat.

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

      Even the most gentle of cats are capable of biting or scratching if a stranger gets in their face, I've seen it happen. People should never, ever do that with any strange animal, no matter what kind.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skyd1ve

      Correct. People who aren't familiar with dogs don't know not to get in a strange dog's face. She should have used this opportunity to tell them.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lila

    Never ever ever ever ever put your face near a strange dog. I made that mistake before. When I brought home my chihuahua from the pound on the first day, I thought he was so cute and when in for some kisses and he bit my nose. The little sheet drew blood too. Now of course I've had him for years and I get tons of kisses, he knows me, , but yeah lesson learned. No matter if they are big or small, if they're not your pet, keep your face away.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Victim

    All dogs should be put down.

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

      you should be put down

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

      No, just the bad, lazy dog owners that turn them into nuisances. Put them down instead.... and no more problem dogs!

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

      Would love to put you down...

      February 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ella

      Right after we put you down.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohhnyUndead

      F"king idiot, maybe you should be put down twice. You have no credibility to even voice your opinion. I'm taking away that right. No more comments for "Victim". Stupid person, you were probably as dumb as the person who was bit on live tv.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kannan

      One tipical "Victim" screeming!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. person

    She was just doing her job assuming that a dog brought on the show is not aggressive. Being familiar with dogs is not in her job description. What are the dog owners doing bringing a dog like that on TV and encouraging her to snuggle with it? I feel terrible for her, she was just assuming she was safe and OF COURSE she's going to lean down and pet it and hug it. What kind of moron dog owners let that happen, and then still have this dog walking around on a leash, ready to do it again? If this had been a little kid, that could have seriously damaged a limb. No dog is worth that – sorry.

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

      Are you stupid. never kiss a dog to don't know for for that matter any dog. Why would some one do that. What do you think the dog is going to think you like it more if you kiss it rather than a pat or pet on the head

      February 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      This dog is not a Pit Bull first off. I also don't believe that this dog was aggressive, the dog had JUST gone through a very tramatic situation the day before and he should NOT have been in a TV studio. This anchor is an advocate for animals and she should have known the signs of stress in a dog, the lip licking that he was doing prior to the bite is a sign of stress. So many things went wrong in this situation. I blame the owner for having him there in the first place, it was WAY to soon to bring him into such a stressful situation right after the trama of the day before.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsB

      Person, I 'm not a dog owner, but even I know that you should not try to kiss a dog that does not belong to you. The owner did not do anything wrong, And as far as a little kid is concerned, parents should not allow their child to attempt to pet a strange dog.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seattle

      First, the TV station REQUESTED the dog's presence; the owner didn't ASK to bring the dog onto the show. And no, understanding dogs is not part of her JOB description, but it is part of being a reasonable person. Reasonable people understand that you don't put you face in fron of ANY animal.

      Note to parents: don't let you toddlers run up to a dog and try to kiss it, and then get irritated when the dog bites your kid!

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

      The owner isn't a moron at all, obviously he had trust that his dog would be well behaved. But being well behaved and keeping your cool when a total stranger is getting to close to you... Well, I'll ask this. How would YOU like it if some random stranger came up and tried to give you a big ol' kiss?

      February 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ethel the frog

    The dog should be destroyed. Pitt bulls are dangerous, they are bred that way. It has very little to do with the owners.

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

      First of all, it's not a pit bull, not developed in the same hemisphere or for the same purposes as a pit. Second, anyone who makes a blanket statement about a breed like that is clearly not educated on dog behavior. If you're gonna stereotype, let's stereotype; DOGS are dangerous. They all have the potential to bite and cause injury.

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

      What part of Argentine Mastiff did you find the name Pitbull? You my friend clearly should never be a dog owner.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      Why do people keep calling this dog a pitbull? It's a Mastiff, a totally different breed.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • lillbit

      Humans without the basic respect for life, such as yourself, should be put down. I hope you haven't/won't breed. There's already too much stupidity and selfishness in the world...

      February 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bczu

      People like you are the reason Pits have a bad name. There are over 20 dogs that are labeled pitbulls after attacks. (They look similar) BTW there was once a time when Pits were adored by this country. Anyone watch the little rascals? That was a pit....working with a bunch of little kids

      February 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherman

      Ethel, Pitbulls can make wonderful pets and are not bread to be dangerous. Take some time and read the information on PBRC.net . What is dangerous is prejudice people such as yourself. For shame...

      February 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ethel the frog

      Right, well you guys are experts. Mastiffs were bred with the use of bulldogs originally. They were bred for hunting and to 'control poachers', which means to attack humans. Get your facts straight. This mastiff is really a giant pit bull and should be treated as such. Was it stupid for the anchor to put her face close, yes. But this kind of dog, along with some others, is more likely to bite. It's in their genes.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janel

      Did you know that pit bulls are the ONLY registered AKC breed that as a breed requirement must be good with children? Try again, nothing dangerous about a pit.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • pleasedotell

      @Ethel "They were bred for hunting and to 'control poachers', which means to attack humans. Get your facts straight." – So are Irish Hounds, Collies. Why the hatred for a particular group????? The way you are acting, you would be no better than someone hating another race because of several incidents from that race.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ethel the frog

      Enjoy your pit bulls everybody! Let the kids roll around on the floor with them. They'll be fine, honest.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. loretta hoolmaa

    stupid woman you do not come in on a dogs territory she put her face to the dog who is at fault NOT THE DOG

    February 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fiona

    For those who have posted here that the breed of this dog has nothing to do with what happened - and this dog is NOT a pit bull– I looked up the bite force of a Dogo Argentino. It's 500 lbs per square inch. That bite was a warning, "get out of my face" snap. The dog could have killed her in one bite if it had wanted to.

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

      Exactly! And yes, she was injured and it's really unfortunate, but I would hardly call what happened an 'attack' he just gave her a warning snap, he wasn't even trying to hurt her.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Exactly...thank you for proof that the dog was not aggressive.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • lillbit

      THANK YOU!!! He could have mauled her to death in an instant if he wanted. He just told her to back off in doggy language!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gstlab3

    OH I SO WANT TO SEE THE VIDEO OF THIS GOING DOWN!!!!!

    YEAH MAN STUPID REPORTER OUGHT TO DO SOME RESEARCH ON DOG BEHAVIOR BEFORE SHE TRIES TO INTERVIEW ONE AS BIG AS A BEAR!!!!!!

    February 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. haha fools

    People are extremely ignorant.
    # Stfu and get your facts straight stupid people.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DrJames

    Off that dog.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • lillbit

      Eff you!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Putthedogdown

      Yes, Agreed DrJames, if that dog did that to my wife, I would have beaten it to death with a ball bat.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TLS

    Person, what do you mean "Of course she is going to lean down and pet it and hug it." Are you insane? This dog was out of his element. In a strange place full of strange people. His owner was holding him with a death grip on his collar so the dog had no room to move or escape. This woman is an IDIOT for trying to kiss the dog. Anyone with a brain could see that.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. D

    Small breeds may not cause devestation injuries, but they aren't a lot of help in dangerous situations either.

    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/dog-saves-life-of-3-year-old-girl-lost-in-the-woods.html

    http://www.greenwala.com/channels/nature/blog/9409-Thursday-Pet-Spotlight-Pit-Bull-Saves-Two-Strangers

    February 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary S.

    Agreed, Dr. James.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LORETTA HOOLMAA

    STUPID WOMAN NOT THE DOGS FAULT

    February 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lilly

    My dog thats known me for five years hates for me to kiss his face and will snap at me, why would you try to kiss a strange dog on it's nose.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
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