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. mike

    Now that was a real genius move kissing a dog on the face that you don't own or know.

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


      February 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Drew

    The dog was Argentine Mastiff. Pit Bulls are not allowed in Denver. Cesar, I wish you would spit your evil words somewhere else. But of course you wont.

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

    if you don't know the dog, you don't put your face in their face. same way with a stranger. do you go up to random people and get in their face? it's nature to react and that's how a dog reacts. i can kiss my dog's nose because he loves me and my wife. i don't do this with a dog i haven't met. glad Kyle is recovering and didn't go all anal on the owners. a great story, that turns scary, but then turns inspirational.

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

    wow...well for those of you who are calling the dog a pitbull, a pitbull mix, a pitbull looking mutt, etc, really need to learn about dogs. you're all claiming to know something about dogs, but aren't even knowledgeable enough to realize that Maximus is an Argentine Dogo. even the articles surrounding the issue have said so, the owner said so, and several videos said so. there are over 25 breeds that are commonly mistaken as pitbulls, most of which are much larger, more powerful and aggressive breeds that were actually bred to be guard dogs. the incident with this dog has absolutely NOTHING to do with pitbulls, but I shouldn't expect you to know that this dog isn't a pitbull if you actually believe that pits are absolutely dangerous dogs.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Talan7

    The dog shouldn't be put down for biting a careless woman who got all in it's face. Some people just see animals as better than people. You have to respect mother nature, not worship it.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tommy.

    Mastiff & Pitbulls are not friendly animals. They will bite and destroy everything in house. They are hunting dogs.

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

      THIS IS NOT A PIT BULL PEOPLE!!!! Did any of your read the story before you got up on your high horse? Also, Pit bulls are not, and never were hunting dogs.
      Get your facts straight before you bloviate.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • a

      sTEVE – do you read comments before you comment? The comment very clearly says MASTIFF & pitbulls.

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

      Obviously you do not know the dog breeds at all. They are not hunting dogs. Do your research before posting such a niave comment.

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

      Apparently you speak out of ignorance, for if you had every owned either of these breeds, which I have, you would know that they are the most loyal, loving and awesome dogs when raised within a loving home. Please do not judge out of ignorance!! Judge from knowledge!!!!!!!

      February 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID

      Mastiffs and Pitbulls are not hunting dogs you idiot. Regardless, hunting dogs smell and fetch, they don't attack.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jboHDrider

      Steve-That is patently incorrect, there are actually numerous breeds of dog that are considered "pit bulls" the American Pit BUll Terrior was bread as an all around dog and was used for herding, hunting and "catch dogs" for hogs, etc. THe Staffordshire Terrier was not a humting dog but was bread for gaurding, dog fighting and companionship, however Terriers were bread to hunt and kill rodents, they are very aggressive and they are great hunters.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candy

      DAVID, you obviously don't know squat about dogs. There are many hunting dogs that are bred to kill prey. Greyhounds pop to mind! All 'sight hounds' are bred to kill and all 'scent' hounds are bred to track. And no one should EVER put their face in a strange dogs face, be it large or small. The usual outcome will be a bite as the dog feels attacked and is going to try to defend itself. Blame the deed, not the breed!

      February 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bpb

    I don't get it. Why do people continue to make excuses for pit bulls? They are obviously dangerous animals. And there is a CLEAR difference between pit bulls and other domesticated dogs. When was the last time you heard about a Golden Retriever mauling someone?

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

      Theres also a difference between a mastiff and a pitbull. Read the article, idiot.

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

      These comments prove people don't know what a pitbull looks like and keep that in mind when you read statistics on "pitbull looking dogs" . This dog is a Mastiff, they are NOTHING like pitbulls. For starters, pitbulls on average weigh 50lbs. This Mastiff is usually between 80-120lbs. Cnn should put across the top "this is not a pitbull".

      February 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Your wrong....

      February 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      don't be biased!! I love my pitbull dearly! And she is probably the sweetest dog ever, my other dog who is a boarder collie mix isn't big on strangers, but my pitbull doesn't care who you are, shes a lover not a fighter

      February 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • sirmixalotalotalot

      its not a pitbull for all the idiots that keep referring to it as one. Its a argentine mastiff. She was an idiot. She also is doing a good thing by not going after the owners for the dog biting her. Too many people would say that dog should die immediately when it was that woman in the wrong.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID

      Pitbulls aren't dangerous. The idiot owners that do not care for them properly are dangerous. The most viscous dogs in general IMO are small toy dogs that sit in the arms of their idiot owners, which result in aggressive behaviors.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JAANC

      actually more people are bitten and injured that way from golden retrievers every year than by "pitt bulls" (by the way, there is actually NO such breed at "pitt bull").
      people get mauled/bitten by goldens becuase people don't have the proper respect for dogs and in general and do stupid stuff like this woman did and they get bitten.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Read for yourself... Even the 'non-violent' breeds can still attack....

      February 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • a

      Anon – Given the choice of having your child or other semi-defensless loved one play with 100 pit bulls (yes I know the story is about a mastiff but I love the fact that people keep saying pit bull...) or 100 retrievers I would hope you go the retriever route. If not, you are in denial and I hope you don't procreate.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bigworld86

    You cannot stick your face in a dog's face if they don't know you! It doesn't matter what type of dog it is, they are ALL capable of biting. BITING IS NOT BREED SPECIFIC... they all do it! Unfortunately, the anchor was too close for this pooch.You cannot invade a dog's personal space and expect them not to do something. You cannot fault the dog... it simply reacted

    February 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tommy.

    Government should penalized Mastiff & Pitbulls owner if they don't take care their dogs.

    Patient see hospital bill. Skyrocketing. This makes middle class broke.

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

      More people die from horses every year than dogs. Guess its time to start killing horses....

      February 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Also I have met like 5-7 in my lifetime who have even been severely bitten by a dog it isn't any kind of epidemic that you are describing.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • a

      "ALMOST ANY DOG WOULD BITE SOMEONE IF IT DID THAT". Only if it is a Mastiff or a Pit Bull.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • graphicsgirl777

      "a".... clearly you are high, or suffering from a damaging head injury, so I will disregard your ridiculous comment.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • a

      gg777 – Since you commented you didn't disregard. However, what do you think the results would be if someone did the following:
      A. Shove their face in 100 pit bull's faces
      B. Shove their face in 100 mastiff's faces
      C. Shove their face in 100 lab's faces
      I do agree that you are probably looking at a bite from each of the groups before you are done. However, if you think C or B is going to be greater than A, or, C is greater than A or B, you need a reality check.
      By the way, if you read that, you are still not disregarding me.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • a

      gg777 – Don't you hate when you get shown the errors of your thinking?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bczu

    What if the owner lived in a secluded area with lots of land and no children? Hes not supposed to own a breed thats not good with kids? There are tons of breeds that arent good with kids....including poodles. Know the characteristics of the breed before you buy it. The dog was stressed, he was panting and shaking. He was surrounded by people, hot lights, and in an unfamiliar area. Then some stranger comes up and grabs it and puts her face into his. What the hell do you expect to happen? the dog roll over and give her his belly. He probably thought he was protecting his owner.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • graphicsgirl777

      Well said.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • a

      Except this wasn't on a farm. I bet if the anchor rubbed one of the owner's ears and went in to give him a little kiss and he ripped her face apart he would be in jail. But, since it is a violent dog, it is OK. If owners can be responsible enough to know how their dogs "might" react in a certain situation then they need to be slapped right after the dog is put down.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • a

      typo – If owners CAN'T

      February 24, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. A

    I'm glad she's doing well, but this has been an insane drama especially around the Denver area. If she had put her face in mine I would've bit her too. It's not a 3 month old baby, it's a large dog.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Diane

    Sorry, no sympathy for the reporter. Anyone dumb enough to try to "give kisses" to an 80-pound strange dog deserves what she gets coming to her. It's not a pocket pet with a little pink rhinestone collar and matching booties, lady. It's a large, powerful working breed that doesn't know you. The dog could have taken off your entire face had he been of the mind to. He just gave you a love bite. Consider yourself fortunate. Learn your lesson and move on.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conn

      Wow Diane. Not sure if she was looking for sympathy.
      You sound like a real cold hearted know it all.
      Must be great being perfect.

      February 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    I had heard this dog had been destroyed, I am very glad it wasn't. Putting your face in the face of a dog, especially a large one you do not know is incredibly not smart and considering the dog had just experienced trauma very much incredibly not smart.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kim

    Tommy both pit bulls and mastiffs are friendly, they are no more unfriendly than anyother dog, pitbulls are known to be extremely people friendly. the dog was scared. You don't get in a animals face, especially when it doesn't know you.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marie MD

    The dog is a Presa Canario NOT a Put Bull.
    I hope this woman learned her lesson that regardless of how big or small or friendly the dog seems that puting your face right up a dog's face is a sign of aggression to the dog and it was taken as such by the dog.
    I am she got bitten but people still don't know anything sbout animals and how or why they react to certain situations! I hope this teaches some, others will never get it, that face to face is NOT what you with ANY animal!!!

    February 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lila

      This dog is not a Presa Canario, that's another Mastiff breed, this is a Dogo Argentino.

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