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. KerryannDLC

    Stupid mistake by the handlers of the dog, I would personally blame them for not acknowledging the signs the dog was giving. Sure the reporter should know better, but most people don't educate themselves on dog behavior and unfortunately that includes many dog owners these days – the handlers should have just assumed she didn't know any better, and responded accordingly to the blatant body language the dog was giving. I hope she has a swift recovery with no setbacks and god bless her for being so brave and wanting to move on, and not blame the dog.

    On another note – so many awful and twisted and uneducated comments on here, so many people so quick to judge based on opinions and here say instead of facts. You stay in your little box but please don"t ever own ANY dog....or have kids....or be allowed around schools...or be allowed to operate vehicles. Thanks.

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

    You are all a bunch of useless bloody loonies

    February 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mordrud

    Well, one way to look at it is that news people are there to enlighten and inform people. This lady went above and beyond by showing us all what happens when you put your face up the face of a dog when you are not part of that dog's pack. She may actually prevent many others from doing the same stupid thing. "Mistakes – It could be your sole purpose in this world is to serve as a warning to others."

    February 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jimmy

    Someone WHO will place their face in front of the dog's mouth will be a child. This dog and others of it's particular breed are sensitive and will react to behaviors displayed as a challenge to it's dominance.
    The reporter should have known better (for sure) to be that close to a dominant breed of dog that is uknown.
    A child will not know better.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SF resident

    Oh sure. Everyone's got something to say about the poochie-pooch.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Debby

    She is brave and very forgiving. The officers should have warned her not to do this. It was stupid of them.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrCali

      She is stupid, period.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jonathan

    I was bitten in the face by a dog once for getting too close. Of course, I was eight years old and didn't know any better, so I guess I've got that over the anchor. I'd fault just about everyone person involved ahead of the dog. The anchor should've known better than to stick her face in the dog's face and the owner should've known better than to let her.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ATLmatt

    The anchor's reaction post-bite is admirable. This dog acted as he was supposed to when this strange human entered his space. To err is human and to forgive is canine.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. thespiritguy

    What a class act. I don't know if I'd feel so forgiving towards a dog that bit off my upper lip. Obviously this lady has a lot going for her and I hope she has a long and happy career as a news person, we need more like her.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tati

    That was a stupid move on anchor's part – but I am glad she does not harbor ill feelings towards the dog, that is very big of her.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Never Forgive and Love EVIL DOG!!!

    Evil dogs will never be friendly with COUSINS, STEP COUSINS, UNCLES, ETC. They bark.

    Not like any other friendly dogs.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. **********************

    ummm poor lady????????????????

    February 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Common Sense

    Dear JetCity

    Actually, I am a computer programmer! But I had to take courses for this. Putting one's face up to a dog that you don't know well is pure stupidity. The fact that the anchor did not know better than to do this, is pure ignorance, which is a form of stupidity. And there is no course offered on this, it is just pure common sense.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ATLmatt


      February 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. letsgomets2012

    A sibling of mine has this nippy, standoffish tsih tsu. I am pretty sure that dog was abused OR it was taken away from its mother too early and sold; puppy mills will do that and that's where that dog came from: a pet shop.

    I refuse to get close to its face. And the damn owner won't address the issue of the dog being snappish and having guarding problems.

    I don't trust that dog and I never will.

    February 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jared O.

    You know that dog has a tasty looking brisket. 12 hours on the smoker and mmmm yummmm

    February 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
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