Video: Kyle Dyer, 9News anchor, bitten in face by rescued Argentine Mastiff

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Video below.
Live television can be unpredictable under the best circumstances -- especially if a dog is added to the mix.

This morning, these elements came together in a particularly painful way for 9News anchor Kyle Dyer, who was bitten in the face by Max, an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff, at the station's studio this morning.

Here's how the incident is described on the 9News Facebook page: "There was an incident during 9NEWS today. Kyle Dyer was bit in the face by a dog. She is getting medical attention due to the injury. As soon as we know the extent of Kyle's injury, we will update you on her condition. Thanks everyone for the concerns/well-wishes."

Kyle Dyer.
In addition, the Denver Post reports that Gary Shapiro, Dyer's co-host, included this note on his own Facebook page: "So you may have seen Kyle get bit by the dog in the 7 a.m. hour. All we know for sure is that he got her on the lip, and she's being treated for the injury at the hospital. We think she's going to be OK, she was talking when she left." This post appears to have been deleted.

The latest from 9News is a bare-bones article that says Dyer was "interviewing" Max, an Argentine Mastiff, as well as "his owner and the firefighter who rescued Max from an icy pond on Tuesday when she was bitten in the face." Afterward, the story continues, firefighters, paramedics and animal control officers were called to the station, while Dyer was transported to a hospital.

The station hasn't posted video of the incident, but -- update -- one's just surfaced on YouTube. It's definitely shocking, so prepare yourself. Afterward, see the clip of Max being rescued.

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RealisticalySpeaking
RealisticalySpeaking

I'm glad that dog got out of that icy water and is home safe where it is warm. The dog had been through alot and probably did not want to be inerviewed. The dog was just using his instinct. He can see the reporter had teeth. And the dog nows he has teeth himself. And he knows what he uses it for. So of course what is the first instinct of  a hunter dog when someoe he doesn't know comes close to him teeth and all. To the dogs mind, it's an attack. So he has to attack first and fight for his life again just like he fought for his life in those icy waters. It's animal instinct. A teeth for a teeth.

Green699181
Green699181

I don't know about this breed, but I had a Presa and if you put your face near his face like this journalist did with Max he would do the same as max.  My Pit Bull would lick your face off but the Presa was the same as Max.

Animal Lover
Animal Lover

I am truly sorry for the unfortunate accident with Kyle Dyer. And, I hope she recovers quickly. She obviously is trying to prove a point of loving animals. She is to be commended for remaining level-headed and reasonable about the accident and not to blame the dog. What is being lost in this scenario is that all animals are animals whether they are domestic or not. They are not the fluffy puppy or kitty in the pet store window, as much as we would like them to be. They are dealing with the way they were created and raised just like you or me. The lesson learned from this is to resist temptation and keep your distance from any animal that is not yours.

Nel Jackman
Nel Jackman

Best wishes to Kyle!!  While this was definitely her fault, chances are, with a different breed, this wouldn't have happened.  Argentine Dogos are viscious idiots who have NO place being family pets.  They are quick to snap at the smallest thing, and that breed in a busy place like a news station was a recipe for disaster.  I watched the video a number of times and if I were Kyle, I wouldn't have been within 10 feet of that dog, the look on his face, the gestures, the licking, told a very bad story.  A friend of mine used to breed these dogs in Arizona and there were always problems, even with the "docile" ones.   These, like Pit Bulls and other breeds deemed viscious are owned by that certain demographic who like to show off how tough they are by owning these breeds.  Dogos were used for big cat hunting in South America for crying out loud.  These dogs have huge mouths and very strong jaws, she's lucky to have only been injured as badly as she was.

Claudia Monroe
Claudia Monroe

 never stick your face in a strangers dogs face mistake even if its small your challenging the dog ......stupid news anchor lady ....hope she has her lip nice scar shell have for the rest of her life .....dog breeder and rescuer.....

Brandtwbecker
Brandtwbecker

Can we PLEASE show this woman some compassion?  I love animals myself but to me human life comes first. Regardless of how she acted, whether out of ignorance or not, Ms Dyer is still someone's wife, mother, sister, daughter, etc...  What about the dog's handler? Why didn't he have better control of it?  I don't want to see the dog destroyed either, but, am I one of the last men on earth who hates to see this young woman injured?  Or really anyone for that matter.  It's OK to love animals, but where have we gone wrong that we are more worried about a stray dog than a human life???  That disturbs me to no end.  If it was ever a situation where I had to choose between saving a dog or someone like Ms Dyer, it would be Ms Dyer hands down.  Animals are wonderful but they are not human and cannot ever be human.

Mastiff's friend
Mastiff's friend

I 'm sure sorry to hear Kyle has to try and not talk for a couple of weeks while she heals. I'll bet she and her family have had some worries about long term consequences. I also hope Max and his owner get a break. This has gone from bad to worse for all concerned. Max doesn't seem to be a vicious dog, certainly not as vicious as the majority of the comments I have read against Kyle or Max. The real potential societal danger seems to be from the humans ready to spew hate at either or both sides. I'd feel safer with Max off leash than knowing all these hateful folks are running around ready to react the way they write.

Happytails6
Happytails6

what the hell anyone knows you dont put your face right in a strange dogs face !!!  omg how stupid was that lady, now im sure the poor dog will get the bad rap for that......stupid stupid lady!!! i have been around dogs all my life and know better than that!!!!

Brian Murphy
Brian Murphy

The owner of the dangerous dog should have taken responsibility and warned the reporter not to get so close to the face of a unpredictable breed of dog. The owner should be punished 1. for not having a dangerous dog on a lease that caused the rescue to take place. 2. for not controlling the dog and not taking precautions for the safety of people around the dog . The dog should be put down.

t
t

got damn that dog was not at fault it was the woman you never got in fast like that to a dog, they will bit your dumb ass.

Katz
Katz

what a moron! you don't put your face up to a dog that doesn't really know you and get in their space! everytime I have seen or heard an issue like like was created by the same type of actions, it's like going up to a dog and trying to reach your hand in when it's in it's [owners] car and doesn't know you

American
American

She tried to bite the dog's face!!!!!  Good puppy!!!  Bite that bitch back!!

nomoreignorance
nomoreignorance

A-ha!  Please read this excellent article.  http://wagandtrain.blogspot.co...  It's an expert's take on what happened.  Not what the masses "thought" they saw.  Thank you, Kari.  Enlightenment is invaluable.  --from your friend (who also happens to manage a humane society)

Sam11143
Sam11143

 Omg I love animals but I can't believe how blind and misguided so many of you are. Warning signs? Check the tape!!! The dog is fine and loving it the entire time until 1 and a half seconds before the bite, when he shows his teeth, literally a second before he attacks. Dogs are not toys! Not all of them are predictable and 100% lovable. They are also not human! They have a tremendous capacity for reasoning and love, which is obviously why we get along so well, but at the end of the day, they posses a fraction of our intelligence and depth. Surprise surprise, some will be unpredictable and anxious by nature. Also this was a mastiff which was pulled out of a frozen pond the day before, not your golden retriever that sleeps on the couch every night. Yes there is a difference! No, not all dogs are the same just because you think they are all so cute. The unpredictable dogs that are fine for much of the time, but you need to be cautious around at others, are a big problem. Many dogs go their whole lives and have such a disposition that hurting anything is not an issue. The ones who are squeamish (yes like this one) can take a babies face off and they need to be put down or put in the care of someone who will not try and make it a full time house dog. Again, I am a huge animal lover and I have two short hair dachshunds who have more to love, toys, beds, etc than most humans, so don't try and paint me as some heartless person just because many of you don't want to admit that you are wrong and irrational.

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

    The dog's breed does matter, but only partly so. A dog is a dog first and their breed second. That said, this dog did nothing wrong. He reacted to what he felt was a threat to himself, W/O viciousness. If she had been a dog herself, she would have only barely felt the little nip. Dogs chew on themselves harder than that when they have an itch.

    IMHO, this woman has very little experience with dogs, only claiming to be a dog lover because to do otherwise would probably hurt her ratings. She did a stupid thing a now she's paying for it. My only hope is that the dog doesn't also have to pay...

nomoreignorance
nomoreignorance

I love all the people with the "she's hurt, stop being dumb/hateful/hurtful" comments.  It really shows how a good percentage of our society is unwilling/unable to take responsibility.  She made a mistake and got hurt.  She and everyone else can learn a big lesson from this.  Are we glad she got hurt?  Of COURSE not.  So, at what point does everyone step back and realize that there is much ignorance with regard to pets/their owners/the public and do something proactive to prevent such a situation from occuring again?  A dog is only responsible for acting like a dog.  The humans (who are supposedly evolutionarily advanced) are responsible for for displaying a level of "higher thinking" through thoughts and actions.  Man up.

Deborah Humphrey
Deborah Humphrey

i think so too, she was just loving a dog, hateful stuff now is soooooo dumb, think about it, kyle is suffering now !!!  all of yo with bad comments , need to re access  

Keylehr
Keylehr

if she's such a dog lover, she should know that you never get in a strange dogs face like that.  It intimidates/threatens them and the dog was just protecting himself

bug
bug

it sucks that the dog bit her but you should never put your face up to a dog's face that you don't know, no matter what breed it is. it's a sign of aggression for a dog and this dog had just been through a traumatic experience the day before. everything was fine until the leaned her face toward the dogs face. people need to educate themselves about canine body language and take responsibility for the messages they are sending out.

dulcet92
dulcet92

The woman's not an idiot, she just didn't know enough about dogs to keep herself safe. It was a mistake that she's paying for too. You guys are all trolls!

Bobcatlin
Bobcatlin

I noticed the cops just sat there petting the dog after he bit her.

Veganmelissa
Veganmelissa

Ok lets clear this up......that lady isint a dog behavior expert and neither am I. She probibly assumed that if the dam dog was in the news studio it was friendly.  When I got bit I was bending down to sit in a chair and it bit my face and tried to get my neck...it has nothing to do with her...its the dog, that dog should have never been brought into the news studio. its a vicious dog! I have a wolf hybrid and he would never ever bite anyone in the face no matter what their "energy" or "bodylanguage" is. Its the owners fault for bringing such a mean dog into a news studio where he knew it would be handled by strangers.

Guest
Guest

Now that the dust has settled a little I think one thing is clearer now more than ever before:

Gary Shapiro is a creepy idiot who needs to "retire".

Veganmelissa
Veganmelissa

This freaks me out because I was bit in the face by a mastiff a year ago and had a black eye for two weeks not to mention four puncture marks above and below my eyes and a split open nasal bridge...had no health insurance at the time and owner refused to take care of it. I feel horible for this poor woman.  Its so traumatizing. I cant believe they are blaming her! The owner should have warnerd her that the dog dosent like strangers. 

thejeepgirl333
thejeepgirl333

I agree! she should have stayed in her seat and kept her face out of thats dogs face! now that poor dog has been put to sleep....so unfair to the dog!!! damn people...wise the hell up!!!

Seeingtheunseen9
Seeingtheunseen9

Reading these comments I am absolutely disgusted by our human race. A person was bit in the face by an animal, and injured. Yet I would say MOST of these comments are from people who are hateful and defending the DOG. I love my dog just as much as the next guy, but she was the one who was bitten and hurt.  Praying all is well and that Dyer recovers well! I'm sick of the hateful shit I see from so many people. Should she have put her face so close to the dogs? no. Should she be talked about so disrespectfully? Like she isn't even a person? hell no. Get a grip and act like adults. Quit making us look like such scum of the earth. Be considerate of your fellow man.

Sultrynmore
Sultrynmore

That was a nervous nip. Max was giving indicators that he was feeling anxiety...licking, backing away from the reporter....he was in unfamiliar surroundings and should have been given his space. 

Mcallister Elisabeth
Mcallister Elisabeth

poor dog has already been thru so much the last thing he needed was some stranger putting her face right into his. i'd probably bite her too

Bckffl
Bckffl

The dog gave ample warning!  I would have bit her too.  How careless of her to stick her face into the face of a dog.  Can you imagine the stress level of the dog?  All those strangers and camera's.  I hope they hold her accountable and not the dog!  

JP_NP
JP_NP

The dog is in a studio, lights, noises, unfamiliar people and she is down in his face - not smart. 

Vanessahillard
Vanessahillard

I personally like the way the owner and the other guy just sit there before, during and after the incident. Gee, some heros! They did absolutely nothing to help her!!!Pathetic!

Johnny
Johnny

She was STUPID!!! Never get close to a dog that you do not know well. Typical LIBTARD, all animals are fuzzy and good, rich people are bad and the public is revolting!

JustME
JustME

I've seen comments that this video was in slow motion. I don't think so.  Not the one posted above anyway.  The dog clearly bared his teeth at Kyle.  That dog doesn't deserve to be blamed for what his instincts told him to do.  A traumatized dog will not act "normal." A scared dog will not act "normal." People are always so quick to blame the dog when humans are just as much to blame (sometimes more to blame), the human is the one with the brain that has the ability to think, be logical and rationalize, if a dog, scared and traumatized or not, feels threatened, they will warn you (Max did) and if you don't take the warning seriously (Kyle didn't, for whatever reason) you are to blame for your poor judgment, not the dog for what it instinctually did which was protect itself. 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Without the video footage, imagine how many dogs are falsely accused of being "vicious" and put to death every year, when it was actually the idiocy of the human that caused the incident !

You'd think that as a self-described "dog lover" Kyle Dyer would be aware of the most basic, rudimentary traits of canines. 

Note that the dog DID NOT bite or nip at her HANDS during the entire time she was stroking and petting it throughout the newscast, it was only when she cluelessly placed her FACE directly in the dog's face, and bared her teeth (smiling) and stared directly in the dogs eyes that the dog -- predictably -- took a single self-defensive nip at her in response. 

Send this video to David Letterman for his "Stupid Human Tricks" segment.

Haskett0
Haskett0

Jeeeez!  The poor woman was hurt.  Doesn't anyone show concern for another human being anymore?  Do we have to go right to who was at fault for the incident?  Some dog lovers just love dogs--they don't know every trait that every breed exibits and what it might mean.  Give her a break!  Good gosh!

Monica
Monica

correction....   THE DOG DOESNT " KNOW" THAT LADY

Monica
Monica

its a very sad situation, the dog was anxious the whole time and its seemed to happen when that Buzzing noise was going off it may have added to the dogs anxiety  and the botteom line is the Dog DOESNTthe Lady ...I feel bad for her Im sure she will be fine However she should have NEVER gotten into an estranged dogs face .. thats just common sense.

Unbelievable
Unbelievable

The "Reconstructive Surgery"  is just a fancy name for she was taken to the operating room to clean her dog bite and took their time stitching her lip.  They make it sound like they had to put her face back together!!!  Come on People!!!  It wasn't THAT bad!!!  She wasn't mauled by the poor dog!!!

Jason
Jason

I feel bad for the woman, but she has to take the majority of the blame for that.  I feel bad for laughing a bit after I watched it a few times.  The two guys' sychonized subdued reactions of "oooooh" and then the muffled "oh my gyaahd...uh, Gary,...yeah." off camera reaction made me laugh.  Sorry, I am a bad person. :)

nomoreignorance
nomoreignorance

mmmm. Actually, he's not fine.  See the owner restraining him? This sends a message to him through collar of "we're tense".  Licking (nervousness), eyes are alternately unsure, darting back and forth, whites are showing, and just before he "corrects" her (yep, by biting), he re-directs his attention to his right, opposite of her (dogs do this when other dogs become too intense, in an effort to diffuse a bad situation, it's called a "re-direct"). Dogs will stop in the middle an escalated encounter and sniff the ground or focus on something else entirely, essentially saying, "look over here at this, let's take a break" and since she doesn't understand what he was "saying" and didn't back off, the situation didn't diffuse for him.  Nobody picked up on it. Although nervous, he's not opposed to the reporter petting him when she's at an acceptable distance.  She breached the acceptable distance when she grabbed his face and did the quick lean-in for the "kiss".  These signs can certainly be classified as "subtle" to people who aren't versed in dog behavior.  This dog did not earn the classification of "Unpredictable". What's heartless, wrong and irrational is when people don't (can't?) understand what they're seeing. 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

HipTip = ALL dogs are hybrids of wolves, genetically modified via human selection over tens of thousands of years.

PJ
PJ

Vegan: In your first sentence you say that you're not a dog behavior expert. You then go on to assert that the dog in the story is, "a vicious dog!". 

If you don't believe that all dogs (aggressive and timid) are keen to body language and will respond accordingly, then I would agree with your intitial statement--you are not a dog behavior expert... Question: Why did you point out that your dog is a "wolf hybrid," whatever that means?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Don't forget, he pronounces it ShaPYRO and not ShaPEERO

nomoreignorance
nomoreignorance

the dog has not been put to sleep.  He's on a state-mandated 10 day rabies quarantine and will be released to his owner after the waiting period is up. 

nomoreignorance
nomoreignorance

oh, and she's deluding herself to assume her dog would "never bite anyone in the face".  This is a perfect example of why breed-discriminatory legislation exists.  It's called ignorance.  Coupled with laziness.  There seems to be a false sense of empowerment for these folks who believe everything they read/see on the news without doing any fact-gathering themselves and forcing their gray matter to make an INFORMED decision based on the facts.  Does anyone else find it ironic that most of them cannot spell, either? 

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