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‘The Top Part of My Lip Here Was Gone’: TV Anchor Recalls On-Air Dog Bite





The Denver television news anchor bitten in the face by a dog during a live broadcast earlier this month is on her way to recovery after two surgeries, more than 70 stitches and a skin graft.



Kyle Dyer of Denver’s 9News was conducting an interview about the rescue of an 85-pound mastiff from an icy lake when she leaned toward the dog, prompting it to lunge at her.



After two weeks of not being physically able to speak, Dyer recalled the incident in an interview with her 9News co-anchor.



“I didn’t realize the extent of the injury. I knew it was bad when my lips didn’t touch anymore,” she said. “I realized all the blood — the top part of my lip here was gone.”



She added, “First thing I think is, ‘I’m bleeding and it had to be live on TV.’ Then I thought, ‘I got to call my mom before one of her bridge friends calls her.’”



Dyer was in surgery for four hours after the attack, during which she received a skin graft and 70 stitches. She had a second reconstructive surgery Monday, when her 70 stitches were taken out and replaced with 20 new ones.



She told 9News it took her a while to understand the severity of her injuries.



“I was so out of it. You and the viewers knew what was going on with me before I knew,” Dyer said. “The problem was the lip. I didn’t have one. Plastic surgery also puts a face back together and that’s what I needed.”



The dog, Max, is now back with his family after being quarantined by animal control for 10 days, 9News reported.



“It was an accident and it all just kind of snowballed and perfect stormed into the bite,” Dyer said.



The injury, she said, may never completely heal: “It may be six months, or never, to get feeling back….I just wake up every day, take my meds, put on lotion and sunscreen, have to for all this new skin, talk with my family and pray.”



“I’m so lucky, and it could have been worse. It was bad, but just think if it was my cheek or my nose or my eye or throat,” she said. “I’m fortunate. I’m going to be fine.”


Added: Feb-24-2012 Occurred On: Feb-24-2012
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  • Comment of user 'MAKMAK' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • Not to be dick but even my 3 year old daughter knows not to put her face in a dogs face. COMMON SENSE GOES A LONG WAY!

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    • @ReplicantDeckard
      Don't know what you got a thumbs down but your right to a lot of dogs it is an act of aggression

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  • Any dog will do this if you crowd them which is exactly what this woman did. She advanced on the dog face to face into the dog's personal space. Common sense.

    If she is one of those chicks that has to mark her territory with a gallon of perfume that couldn't have helped.

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    • @ValleyBlacksmith

      no not every dog would do that.

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    • @BobbyJohnson
      Not everyone's Little Pookie will do that normally -normally, in its own comfort zone at home- but you of course have to consider that this dog is under unusual conditions that it is not familiar with. It has been brought into a television studio, not its usual comfort zone that it is used to at home.
      There are myriad people rushing about in that environment, a dark vaulted ceiling with all manner of light racks and moving objects it has never seen. The dog is already uncomfortabl More..

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  • She was being an ignorant clown by putting her face to the dog in the first place. Seriously? Did she think that it was a baby or something?

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    • @BigSap Now come on. According to some on here they are great pets and can do no wrong...even though anyone with half a brain knows better than to do that with a strange dog.

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  • Mess with the mastiff, you get the teeth. Sorry

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  • dumb

    don't ever get in a dogs face, unless you own him.

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  • Youth in Asia.

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  • Wow he really did some damage.

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  • cant say it enough, GET RID OF THAT BREED! BULL SHOT TO ALL YOU LOSERS WHO THINK THAT BREED IS SO PEACEFUL!! THATS A LOAD OF CRAP! DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR DEGREES IN K9 W/E THE BREED IS A FAIL!

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  • Well it seems the guy knows the breed well enough
    so he should know not to let someone get in the dogs face like that.

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  • shoot the dog on live tv!

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  • I saw this on TV tonight. I am happy she is doing well.

    She will recover, and she is happy the dog, Max, is OK and at home.

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  • The dog was rescued the day before and it was still shooken up. What do you expect???

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  • Vicious dogs those pitbulls!

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  • that must be painfull...

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  • kill all of these evil dogs

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  • Did they kill the dog?

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  • so...why did they remove the snow?

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  • Those cops should have tasered that Mutt, hell better yet , they should have beaten it to death with them billy clubs

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  • I remember the post of the incident ... the silly cow was simpering and cooing all over a dog the size of a small family car and went right down to its face ... smiling like a drone.
    The dog presumably saw the display of teeth heading its way as a threat and snapped ... just once.

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