On-air dog bite gets anchor 70 stitches

2012-02-14 12:02

Denver - A Denver morning television anchor who was bitten in the face by a 39kg dog during a live broadcast says she needed 70 stitches in her lips and nose.

Kyle Dyer of KUSA-TV wrote on her Facebook page over the weekend that she can't talk because her mouth is stitched shut to let a skin graft take and so blood can circulate in her lips again.

The Facebook post says she expects another procedure in the next few weeks.

Dyer was injured on Wednesday while doing an on-air segment with the dog's owner and a firefighter who had rescued the Argentine Mastiff from an icy pond in suburban Lakewood the day before.

She was petting the dog's head seconds before it bit her.

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  • IrenĂ© - 2012-02-14 12:31

    This is tragic, for the dog, first he was traumatised by a near death experience, then after finding safety they cart him off to a news room with strangers and bright lights just so his owner can enjoy the 15min spotlight. Anyone who saw this dog should know you dont put your face to the face of an unfamiliar dog, especially if his head is bigger than yours. I do feel sorry for the poor lady but this tragedy could be prevented by thinking and not acting only for cameras- and considering the animal's behaviour and needs. I wonder what will happen to the poor dog now??

      Spyker - 2012-02-14 13:03

      I simply do not understand what the purpose is, of owning a dog, in the 21st century. They remain primitive in their make-up and even worse so, in the manner they are coerced, into a 'purpose breed'. They will bite people - period, it is what they are meant to do. Domestic dogs should be outlawed outright and all domestic breeds must end with the current generation. If you need a dog because you are lonely or because you have some other social defect, the frankly, a dog will be the last thing that will solve your problems.

      jurgen.eksteen - 2012-02-14 13:23

      @Spyker_May is probably a cat person ... What cr@p ... if you WANT to argue in evolutionary terms, then you just planked your name with a bat. Current dogs breeds are a lot "younger" than humans ... humans which by the way is only "advanced" because of the accumulated cultural and scientific advances made through the centuries. Turn the power off today and you are right back at wiping yourself with grass or rocks tomorrow.

      mulzar - 2012-02-14 13:28

      @Spyker_May: I think you are the one that is exhibiting "some other social defect"... Chiwawa bit your winkie or something?

      Karri - 2012-02-14 13:31

      Spyker - please don't ever get a dog - never ever!

      Bob - 2012-02-14 15:35

      Spyker, once trained, dogs make for excellent companions (even if you arent a loner), specially for kids. Also, they are highly capable at guarding as well as guiding the blind. They're also sometimes highly ammusing.

  • Shaun.groenewald - 2012-02-14 12:47

    Stick your face into a random dogs face, expect to get bitten.

      sanette.dewet - 2012-02-14 14:37

      Especially a dog in a studio with sound and lights and that was in a life-threateing situation only hours before......silly cow. Hope the owner does right by the dog and treat him with a good home coming.

  • Tracey.KitKat - 2012-02-14 12:55

    Umm dogs don't like being patted on their head especially by a stranger. How stupid can one be. Feel for the dog as he will probably be blamed.

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-02-14 12:55

    Ow! You don't challenge an already uneasy animal like that though by sticking your face in like that.

  • Bennie - 2012-02-14 13:04

    Poor dog.... next time you want your 10 min of fame, go pet a rattle snake. Lets see what happens! Idiots!

  • Moi - 2012-02-14 13:30

    Very silly, putting your face so close to the dog like that.

  • Karri - 2012-02-14 13:34

    She is rubbing and rubbing its face and ears and then puts her face right up to it - silly woman. That was really just a 'nip' to say 'don't come so close to me' Sadly, because any sort of mastiff is a large and powerful dog, it will cause a lot of damage!

  • colleen.figg - 2012-02-14 13:37

    lesson to all: don't put your face in a dog's face!!! Especially a dog you do not know!

  • sanette.dewet - 2012-02-14 14:39

    I am so happy to read that most of the comments are dog-friendly.

  • colleen.figg - 2012-02-14 16:57

    I bet if most people saw this dog they'd think it was a pitbull. Duno what she was doing putting her face into a strange dog's face anyway....

  • 4man1 - 2012-02-14 17:32

    This woman is stupid. Putting your face into a dogs in a lunging gesture out of the dogs environment is crass stupidity on the part of the human. Animals will not necessarily suppress the fight or flight instinct when confronted in this way. Now the poor dog will be blamed.

  • 4man1 - 2012-02-14 17:36 the same theory...anti social humans should be put down too. Perhaps you should be first in the queue.

  • Turdy - 2012-02-14 21:05

    @spyker: Wow...You must be a very narrow minded,arrogant person to think just because YOU don't like dogs,they must be outlawed.ROFL you are ridiculous.There are about 70 million dog owners in the united states alone.You are so clever spyker.Hell I think everybody should put down there dogs and buy a Spyker_May bobble head figure. Wow what a genius of our generation.Spyker for I think YOU must be removed from the gene-pool.The world doesn't need another nazi ego maniac like you.

  • Deirdre - 2012-02-15 09:05

    Mama always said stoopid is and stoopid does!!! As for you comments Spyker, my house was broken into twice, the SAPS recommended that I get a dog, I did and was not and never have been broken into since then ... I am now on my second dog as the first one died, and I wouldn't swop him for anything, he is my children's ever patient friend and our protector, he's a pure breed South African pavement special and an all round awesome dog. A socially integrated dog in his own surroundings is vastly different to a traumatised dog taken to a TV studio surrounded by constantly moving people, lights and objects.

  • Saffa - 2012-02-15 09:58

    This silly cow deserved every stitch. No sympathy, no pity. The only question I have is of the owner: WTF were you doing putting your dog into this stressful situation - lights, camera, action and STRANGE f#ckers stroking his face? Honestly - I hope this animal is removed from your care, as you have NO clue.

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