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. cesar

    An animal IS an animal, but to certain people in this world they are gods. Pit bulls? Evil things, no matter what those dogs lovers say. Some people even sleep with their dogs/gods.

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

      Not all dogs are evil...this dog was a rescue dog. Not only that but a stranger put it's face that close.

      If you understand how dogs and animals think you can safely interact with them. Would you put your face that close to a man and make kissy baby sounds? I bet you'd get punched in the face pretty quick.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bridget Jimenez

      uuum, why would she kiss his nose???? Who does that to a dog they dont know??!

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

      You're no Cesar Milan. Certainly, if you had his common sense you'd know that saying one dog is worse than the other is ridiculous. A boston terrier (all 20 or so lbs. of it) still has the ability to attack someone the same as a rottweiler or another big breed dog. What this news anchor should learn more about is animal behavior, as this could have been prevented. Random attacks on people is one thing, but in a situation like this the dog felt threatened.

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

      I have Pitbulls around in my neighborhood and they're all nice? Its the way they're brought up. There like any other dog its just everyone freaks out because the way they look tough, and all the stories or people being attacked by them. ANY dog can attack you.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spooln3

      Another ignorant post. This was NOT a pit bull, it was a mastiff. Same family, sure, but I am so sick and tired of people painting with such a broad stroke. Sorry but don't put your face in front of a strange dog. It doesn't know you, there are a lot of strangers around, and was prolly frightened. Most of these accidents happen because of stupid people. And animal is an animal and to think that its not is silly. Respect them, and their space, and in most cases, they will respect you.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Waldo

      While pitbulls are naturally more aggresive than most other dogs, the problem with them lies with the owners. Poor care and a lack of socialization will make a Collie dangerous.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • KK

      Idiot! You can't even read the article before spewing your hate about pit bulls. The dog was a MASTIFF!!! I won't go into why pit bulls are amazing dogs here, but please, next time try READING an article, before you make claims that you can't back up.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samwise

      They are loyal dogs, always ready to fight to the death for their owners. Don't get one unless you want to watch it 24/7. They aren't evil, they are good at what they do. If you are afraid of Pit Bulls, get a Chow; they can kill a Pit Bull with one bite. The Pit attacks, finds its mouth full of fur, and then the short muzzle closes on its throat with a snap.

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

      If you look at statistics for attacks, injuries and deaths caused by dogs, Pit Bulls, Mastiffs, and Rottweilers are all at the very top of the list. The people who own these dogs know very well the dogs have a pension for being aggressive-and that's why they want them. These dogs should not be pets of any sort because the people who usually adopt them (drug dealers, gang bangers, losers) are irresponsible tools.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      You do realize that the dog that bit her is not a pit bull, right? It's an Argentine Mastiff I believe.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      cesar hasn't a clue. It's the owner that trains the dog and if trained properly and socialized early the dog will not be aggressive or as you put it evil. Reminds me of the two legged animals that we have walking around with no regard for life. They weren't trained properly yet someone thinks their a saint.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      First of all, the dog in this article is a Argentine Mastiff, not an American Pit Bull Terrier. Second, Narrow-minded, ignorant people are far more terrifying than any dog. Educate yourself.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • DOG LOVER

      This pit is not evil 😦 and if people think pits are evil well they dont know what they're talking about...I work at the shelter and pits are no meaner than a little dog. It's the stress they are under...being on tv with those lights, strange people – of course the dog is going to react to someone he doesnt know putting their face in his face! they are animals bottom line and we must not forget that when dealing with any animal. I'm glad they didnt put the dog down and this woman knows her place now and it is sad that she had to learn the hard way, but it's not the dogs fault. All creatures big and small still need our protection from the real evil on this earth the HUMAN!!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nubadopofloposhopolopolis

      Wow Shane...you're an idiot.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tom Erwin

    Bad doggie. Feed doggie to alligator.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kathy

    First off it was a Argentine Mastiff and not a pittbull. Second do you ever see Tia of Vilalobos put her face into a Pitt, and third, I think it is gratious and kind that Kyle (unfortunately now) understands that you don't put your face into and intimidate a unknown a dog, no matter what breed it is.
    Kyle I applaude you for understanding your mistake and I also bow to you for your forgiveness. And you look fantastic even with the scars. (just say it's a shark bite and everyone will believe it) I'm greatfull your Okay and healthy and have a understanding of what a animal ( no matter what breed or species) can do under durress.
    What a news personell has to deal with is unknown till that day. If the anchorperson is scared of dogs/cats it could be puppy attack, or cat attack. It could be a circus in town and he/she has to stand next to a elephant or ostich. Who knows what is next on the news.
    But people as a whole should consider the awe of them giving you the ups and downs of daily life. They are putting their lives out there for us to see what is happeneing around us and our homes.
    Kyle, your experience will hopefully give people the knowledge of what to do and what not to do, and what to expect. I am a Service Dog owner and have several time told people to not get in my dogs face. She wouldn't bite or harm, but still it's the lessons that need to be learned.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. popCorn

    Mastiff & pitbull is dangerous to society.... They bite mailman. They bite people. They bark people.
    Earth's most disgusting creature.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nubadopofloposhopolopolis

      It's people like you who are contributing to the downfall of our society with your short-sighted prejudices and ignorance. Have you ever interacted with a well trained pitbull? Probably not. Have you ever researched about the breed? Probably not. Have you ever seen what a great family dog a pitbull is? Probably not.

      My pitbull interacts with children all the time & I don't worry one bit that she's going to bite them. They love her and she loves them. You know why I don't worry about an incident? Because I'm a responsible owner and took the time to train my dog correctly.

      Typical media brainwashed moron. Wait...no...the term "brainwashed" implies you have a brain of your own. Obviously you do not.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spooln3

      I disagree, Humans are earths most disgusting creature. Animals have an excuse for their behavior, what is ours?

      February 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Passing-by

      I would say that role is filled be a bi-peddal who is unable to articulate themselves in polite society.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    What a lousy animal which would be tasty to an alligator, Tom. Feed the 'gator!

    February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Camel

    How dumb does someone have to be to risk a foolish stunt like that. The good intentioned reporter did more more harm than good, making potential animal adopters think every dog could be hazardous.

    Also wondering WHY the handlers did not advise her ( before the shoot) of appropriate behavior around any unfamiliar animal.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jay12312

    Argentine Mastiff is a type of pit bull this is just another example of how unpredictable and dangerous these dogs are they should be illegal.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • sara

      Wrong! Maybe you should educate yourself before forming opinions.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      Good lord people are ignorant. It is not a type of pitbull. Mastiffs have been around for thousands of years. They were used to hunt lions and used in war. All Bull terriers including the slobbering English bulldog originated from bull baiting.

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

      Another stupid claim about mastiffs being the same as pit bulls. Go do your research before making an uninformed, idiotic claim next time.

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

      Just another type of ignorant hate spitter that should be illegal. FYI golden retrievers have the highest instances of bites in the US. Check it out.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spooln3

      I do believe Dalmatians have a higher attack rate than these animals. Ignorant post.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      It's nice to see that people can post on here even when they know not a thing about what they are saying. Read up on the breed genius.....it's not a type of pit bull.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Crayola

    Cesar – describing a dog as "evil" is a little far fetched. I can think of a couple things that humans have done that are far worse than biting someone in the face. I wouldn't consider Mike Tyson as "evil".

    What kind a TV anchor puts her face right up to a dog that she barely knows? An animal will react. Good for you that she has recovered but stupid move.

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

      Look up the word "evil" then research how many times a Pit Bull has attacked people, especially children. Some of them are dead. But to the owners they are "saints".

      February 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spooln3

      @Cesaer Go look up how many attacks are made by Dalmatians and Retrievers/Labs. Stop posting, please.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maria

    What is wrong with this woman? kissing a pit bull?that doesn't belongs to her? animals are beasts they are not humans ,that dog should be eutanized this can happen again to a child .......sorry but it will happens again! and I hope is not a child!

    February 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spooln3

      Really? Put down the dog because he bit someone he felt threatened by? Idiots. Don't let your kids put their faces in dogs faces, this can happen regardless of the breed, AND its not an efn pit bull, its a mastiff. Learn to read and educate yourself before you post.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. xab

    The dog needs to be euthanized.

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

    I agree with J. People need to take a look at themselves first before pointing the finger at dogs for acts committed. 99/100 times it's the owner's irresponsible behavior that leads to incidents like this. In this particular case, it was a dog who was frightened because it was in an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar people. Some dogs get scared and instinctively defend themselves. That's what happened here.

    To blame the dog/breed is continued ignorance on the part of the misinformed public. The only thing dangerous about a pitbull/AmStaff/APBT is the irresponsible owner behind him/her.

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

      Well said.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fred

    The dog followed his instincts. Most dog people know that you never put your face into a strange dogs face...never. You need to establish a realtionship before doing something like that. There is not one evil bone in that dog's body. I put the fault directly on the handlers and police officer there and the tv station for not having any traing or saftey advice prior to the incident.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. C B

    A lot of you are saying PITBULL read the article. The is dog not a pitbull its a Argentine Mastiff or known as Dogo Argentino( a few different breeds all with different traits to make this breed). Any kind of dog breed has the same instinct, if they feel threatened or uncomfortable they will attack or run away. It sucks that she got bit but at least she has recovered and she is ok and she learned to be careful around unfamiliar dogs.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jone

    The owner of the dog failed to killed that Mastiff. Mastiff bites the anchor. Now, Mastiff wants to get revenge and bite the owner again.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. WillH85

    Sorry but that dog should have been put down. Yeah, you don't put your face in a dog's face that doesn't know you, but still, a dog that would do that is a risk. If that had been a child's face, it wouldn't of been a case of reconstructive surgery, it would of been a funeral. My mom used to breed Rotts and most of them were great and loving dogs. But she had one once that was aggressive and had the dog put to sleep. Sad but responsible. Had it bitten a person (we're talking a 150lb dog) it would have been game over.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samwise

      I have to agree. It's a dog. There are other dogs. Get rid of that one. It's the handler's fault, but we can't put him to sleep.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      Wrong. This dog was being defensive, not aggressive, and I don't believe it has any previous history of such behavior. It was a recently-traumatized animal that was feeling threatened. Even Kyle doesn't want the dog put down. That should say something.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
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