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. Larsen

    What's the deal with kissing dogs, anyway? They're not people. I think you should only kiss creatures who want to be kissed, and can tell you if that's something they want. Otherwise, stick with a pat...if the animal's comfortable with you, and not being restrained.

    February 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Larsen

    Check Youtube-"Attack Dog Bites Reporter" for almost the exact same think happening with a different dog and a different reporter (with fortunately less damage).

    February 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    This is an Argentine Mastiff(Dogo Argentino) not a pit.

    February 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jennifer

    If I were a dog who was just rescued from icy waters, I probably would not like some strange woman so close to my face. It wasn't the poor dog's fault; I'm glad the woman is okay but if she's so experienced in this kind of interview, she should have known better. Dogs get traumatized too.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Happy Lupus

    It amazes me that no matter how many times things like this happen.... people continue to stick their faces in the face of a dog that doesn't know them. Did you see the dog's reaction when she came at him and started petting him? He was clearly agitated/startled. Ugh. If a stranger tried rubbing and kissing me, I'd bite her too.

    February 27, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Thunder

    Funny how many are condinging the actions of the dog. Hey, any dog which goes straight to biting, with really no other indiciations it's going to attack should have a muzzle on at all times when out in public. Why do people contantly blame these attacks on the humnas? The humans aren't doing the biting! If a particular animal can't be trusted, muzzle that damn thing!

    February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. k

    Euthanize!!!!!! These types of dogs should not be around period!

    February 28, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jub

      It's not the dogs fault. Wouldn't you be scared if a total stranger twice as big as you leaned down to do something mysterious to you? Dogs shouldn't be put down for defending themselves.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loni

      That is the most ignorant thing I've ever heard. Did you watch the video? It was HER fault. People like you are the reason people like me have to fight for animal rights.

      February 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    News people do careless things for the sake of a story. This Dog is infact an animal and doesn't have the gift of "rational behavior". Not knowing how long the reporter spent with the dog, she didn't add any value to the story by bending down to the dog's level.

    February 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. KaD

    ALL this could have been easily avoided-all the dog owner had to do is keep his dog ON A LEASH. That is YOUR responsibility as the dogs owner. It keeps your dog safe from being hit by cars, getting into bodies of water like floodways, rip tides, and frozen lakes, and getting into fights with other pets which can cost you alot of money and trouble. It is for the safety of the community and your pet. If you don't want to follow the rules of society please get rid of your dog to someone who will. I live in Denver and the number of dog owners here who won't pick up after their dogs, won't shut them up when they're barking incessantly, and won't leash them even in areas that REQUIRE leashes and even when they owner KNOWS the dog is extremely aggressive is astonishing. The average dog bite claim is OVER $26,000. ONE bite can land you in dog court, civil court, criminal court and the settlement from a dog bite case is UNdischargable in bankruptcy court. It will ruin you financially for the REST of your life. Is it worth it? In this case the medical costs (of a face bite which is not uncommon) can run over $100,000 easily. That will result in a claim against your homeowners or renters insurance which will double or triple. I'm just glad the pit bulls are banned here-there are enough idiots with dogs already.

    March 3, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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