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Kyle Dyer dog-bite fallout: Is the video news?

Kyle Dyer.
The video of 9News morning anchor Kyle Dyer being bitten in the face by a rescued Argentine Mastiff yesterday morning has led to an enormous amount of debate in our comment section.

But the clip has also raised questions about whether 9News tried to squelch use and distribution of the shocking footage in ways that it's hard to imagine the station doing for any other story.

My point of view: The video is news, plain and simple. Dyer is a longtime, extremely prominent personality in the marketplace -- a fixture on Denver's top-rated morning show, and an undeniable star at the city's number one news station. Moreover, the segment itself, while undeniably startling, is not gory. No blood is seen, nor are blood-curdling screams heard. As such, we at Westword didn't hesitate sharing the clip for a nanosecond after it popped up on YouTube.

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Just before the bite.
Afterward, however, Westword editor Patricia Calhoun received a phone call from Patti Dennis, news director of the station, asking that we take the video offline. And as KHOW's Peter Boyles mentioned this morning during a portion of his program on which I was a guest, various Clear Channel outlets received similar requests. KBPI had posted the video, but removed it, Boyles says, while other signals appear to have been under orders not to put it on websites or even discuss what happened on the air.

Shortly after Dennis's call to Westword, the original video was deleted by the user. At this writing, we don't know if this was done at 9News' behest. But suggestions that the video represented copyright infringement are extremely dubious. There are dozens upon dozens of 9News clips on YouTube right now, including some that could be perceived as embarrassing -- like, for instance, a video of weather forecaster Ashton Altieri telling a female colleague, "Congratulations on your big hooters." After this slip of the tongue, one of the other reporters on the set can even be heard chanting, "YouTube!"

In the case of the bite video, it certainly didn't vanish from YouTube after the first clip came down. At this writing, there are seventeen variations of it -- proof of the Internet maxim that once something is out, it's going to stay out.

The latest 9News report about Dyer doesn't include that footage, which is perfectly fine: The station is under no obligation to run it. And indeed, the story, while appropriately sympathetic to Dyer, who underwent facial surgery yesterday and is reportedly doing very well, notes that the Mastiff was giving off warning signs of potential stress before the attack.

Also included: Information about Max, who is being quarantined for ten days at Denver Animal Shelter. If all goes well, and he shows no sign of rabies, against which he had not been inoculated, he will likely be returned to his owner, Michael Robinson. However, Robinson must appear in court on April 4 over the matter.

The piece concludes with a long and caring statement from Dyer's co-anchor, Gary Shapiro, whose first Facebook post after the incident appears to have been deleted after it was quoted by the Denver Post. We've shared it below, along with the latest 9News story. To see footage of the incident yesterday, click here.

A note from Gary Shapiro:

I wanted to update everyone on Kyle's condition and relate some of my feelings about what happened this morning. I just spent some time with her, and she is doing incredibly well all things considered. Kyle had reconstructive surgery on her lip, after she was bit by the dog this morning on the air. Her recovery is going to take a while, but it is now underway. She wanted me to thank everyone who has called, sent emails, posted comments and sent well-wishes and prayers her way. Kyle is going to be OK, although she will be off the air for a while.

This morning we were doing a human interest segment, as we often do on the morning show. Tuesday, a firefighter risked his life to save a dog named Max who wondered out on an ice covered lake and fell in. We wanted to do an interview with the firefighter, who many consider a hero. Max and his owner were here too. Kyle was glad she got assigned to it, because she loves animals. Max and his owner spent about 45 minutes in the newsroom before they went on the air, and many members of the staff greeted them and petted Max. He seemed perfectly normal. During the interview Kyle petted him, and talked to the two guest. At the very end of the segment, Max snapped at Kyle for whatever reason and got some of her lip. The firefighter immediately started caring for Kyle in the newsroom and to us, became a hero for the second time. She was taken by ambulance to Denver Health Medical Center a short time later to be treated.

Kyle and I have been a team for 15 years, and I know her pretty well. I know she's a very loving person who deeply cares about people and animals. I know that she is a great journalist who loves happy stories - this was a happy story. And I know she is a loving mom and wife and wants to get back to that life as soon as possible. She's strong and she will recover. Please send your well wishes to the station if you want to, and we'll make sure she gets them. And from me, thanks to everyone for the positive thoughts and prayers.

Gary

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Leash Dog Training
Leash Dog Training

What the dog actually did was just reaction of what humans deed to it . Thanks for sharing this though . ;)

Training Leash
Training Leash

Surely any dog will do the same if it is under stressed from all the stuffs that human did to it . Pity to the women . Thanks for the share anyway . : ))

Dog Leash Training
Dog Leash Training

Poor human . Why did she get herself too much close to a stress dog who doesn't even know her . As expected the dog will bite since it's their way of protecting itself .

Leash Dog Training
Leash Dog Training

Awesome article . Great Video . All I can say is , its not the dog to be blame . :)

Dog Leash Training
Dog Leash Training

This article is incredibly good to be under an enormous debate at the comment box . Great ! :)

Training Dog on Leash
Training Dog on Leash

Wow . Got lots of enormous amount of comments in here . Undoubtedly this article is awesome . :)

Dog Leash Training
Dog Leash Training

Awesome video . Ideas are well emphasized and stated . It entertains me a lot . Thanks for this . :D

lunkwill
lunkwill

9news, like all news channels, routinely airs for effect (often in slow motion) graphic videos of all manner people getting maimed, attacked, or injured - nearly all of which are unnecessary for the general public to watch in order to get the point of the news story. I have watched (on 9news) people being shot, stabbed, beaten, fatal car crashes (including people getting run over), (other) people getting attacked by animals (somehow different?), people jumping out of buildings to their death to escape burning office towers...

Graphic video sells, and 9news is no different than any other news outlet in their choice to routinely air graphic videos for the public's entertainment (we don't need to watch a police officer get shot on his dash-cam to understand that it happened) - which makes it interesting that suddenly, when one of "their own" is involved in a news story, a 9news representative would write that there is a "special place in hell" for those that air video of the injury (which you could barely even see from the video, incidentally). Talk about hypocrisy.

As a fan of 9news (and Kyle Dyer), I am distressed to learn that she, along with all of the 9news staff and producers are going to a special place in hell as well, then.

Training Dog on Leash
Training Dog on Leash

Very controversial and interesting blog . Worth a share. Thanks for the post . :D

BULLDAWG
BULLDAWG

It was her own fault.  You never come that close, face to face with a Dog that you dont know, unless you dont have a Choice.............When a Dog wants to Kiss you, he/she will let you know and that is when its safe...........She isnt as Animal Savy as she thought I guess.

Drock00013
Drock00013

"At the very end of the segment, Max snapped at Kyle for whatever reason and got some of her lip."Garbage... it should read "At the very end of the segment, Kyle continued to unintentionally challenge the dog by locking eye contact and advancing, displaying herself as a threat to the pack.  Max defended the Pack."

The reason he snapped at her is because she obviously made a mistake and doesnt understand dog sociology or pack social structure.

"He seemed perfectly normal." More garbage... He is perfectly normal. He is a dog. Thats how they are wired...That dog was being friendly and she unintentionally and unknowingly got hostile...She should get a ticket for Provoking a bite if the owners getting one for allowing it

Jinko
Jinko

She was at fault and to blame for the dog biting her. She did every thing that we teach our children not to do with a strange dog. I cannot believe she was so mindless in her actions with an animal she was not familiar with. A lesson well-learned.

jjones
jjones

The victims here are Kyle and Max.  Kyle was just trying to do her job and Max was just being a dog that felt threatened.  What is Channel 9's liablity in all of this?  Patti Dennis admitted that she was part of starting the Petline9 program decades ago and there is no policy in place regarding animals in the studio.  Max's owner was probably delighted at having his dog profiled on the number one morning news.  Now an employee is recovering from a serious injury suffered on the air at work and Max is shut away in a shelter.  Maybe Westword should interview Patti Dennis about whether the station has learned anything from this mess.

ConcernedPetOwner
ConcernedPetOwner

Anyone with any sense knows not to put their face in the face of a strange dog.  In fact, I don't make it a habit with my own.  That being said, the owner should have seen the dog's body language and warned her not to get so close.  The owner is also negligent in the fact that he has not had the dog vaccinated for rabies, nor did he have the dog on a leash and especially near water (how many times has this happened in Denver?).  Questions should be raised as to whether the owner is able to properly care for this dog. If the dog didn't have rabies vac., chances are he hasn't had any others like DHLP/Parvo, Bordatella. If he's not been vaccinated, he's probably not getting annual check-ups and more than likely not on heart worm preventative. If this was a child, CPS would be investigating him.  Same protocol should be followed by humane society for animal owners suspected of negligence.  Personally, I don't believe this man should have any animal.

Guest
Guest

I have thought about this case alot - and while Dyer definitely made a mistake - the dog should be put down.  I am sorry but a mature trained dog should almost never bite and this is even more true when you are talking about a large dog like a mastiff.  Its one thing if someone is physically threatening a dog, or the dog is injured in someway; but being under stress is not sufficient excuse for a dog to bite (and if the reports correctly severely bite - 70 stitches) .  I love dogs and hate to see any of them put down, but their are simply too many wonderful dogs being put down simply for over population, to allow a dog that is willing to bite under such relatively benign circumstances.  Obviously, I am sure the failure here lies mostly with the idiot owner who did not properly train his dog but still, there should be no reprieve for dogs that bite under such circumstances.

daisygirl
daisygirl

Max's owner has proven that Max was current on his shots.  Max needs to be able to go home.  I'm very sorry Kyle Dyer got bit, but it is NOT Max's fault.  I'm sure she got lost in the moment and "felt" safe, but most work place accidents are due to complacency.  Kyle's getting bit is her own fault.  FREE MAX!!!!!

Snugglemags
Snugglemags

She pushed the dog too far, she needed to back off, the dog did give signs and tried to back away from her.  She obviously has no idea how to handle and animal.  She does not deserve to be bitten, however the dog  did not deserve to be placed in a studio full of cameras for a stupid story when it just needed to rest and relax after a trauma.  Stupid people.  IT IS NOT THE DOGS FAULT OR THE OWNERS. THE REPORTER SHE'LL LIVE GIVE ME A BREAK

Da
Da

She's stupid.... and the dog ( mastiff ) is crazy so it should be with mouth shell by the way  mastiff will eat owner when sleeping one day

Warhawk94
Warhawk94

 Why doesn't she have to court for "being too dumb around an animal"? Are there no laws against humans being idiotic? Perhaps we need to looks into this?

Guest
Guest

You're really not very smart.

nomoreignorance
nomoreignorance

Yep, they yanked the video, because in our litigious society, they're soiling themselves at the thought of legal repercussions.  Perhaps from the owners, perhaps from Kyle, perhaps from an observer who was "traumatized", or even that lady who sued the fast-food giant because her (hot) coffee burned her when she spilled it, I'm sure there's a lawyer somewhere who can convince a judge she has been "harmed" in all this dreck.....can't have deep pockets for long if you don't regularly practice CYA.   The real victim?  Max.  Too bad he can't hire a lawyer.

9News, shame on you and take some responsibility, instead of playing the elevator music whilst flashing gooey well-wishes for Kyle.  Oh, nevermind.  CYA.

5280doglover
5280doglover

KUSA is trying to block this video because there will undoubtedly be a lawsuit.

People keep saying "Kyle should have known better", but the fact is Kyle is just a paid employee of KUSA who does what she's told.  KUSA's producers - who work for Patti Dennis and were undoubtedly wetting themselves because they were able to get this "reunion" set up during a sweeps period - put a traumatized dog on the set and told Kyle to interact with it.  They did so without giving Kyle proper training or providing safeguards to prevent injury.

How is Kyle supposed to know the "warning signs" of a threatened dog?  She may be a dog lover, but she is not a dog expert, and no one at the station trained her or warned her about the dangers involved with this dog.  As a result Kyle, who makes a living off of her looks, is scarred for life and has had to suffer through painful surgery which may or may not restore her looks.

Sounds like the basis for a lawsuit to me.  It's probably why Kyle hasn't said a thing since this happened, and why Patti Dennis is spinning like a washing machine. 

Mel_john_70
Mel_john_70

Would you like any person to get in your face like that? Why do people think dogs would like it?

Voban
Voban

The dog has had a bad experience falling through the ice. Then overstimulation by being in the newsroom and THERE WAS WAY TOO MUCH PETTING GOING IN THERE BY ALL IF THEM. it was irritating me. For a dog that size that was just a warning bite. She put her face right up to his and he'd had enough at that point. He didn't try to maul her. Just had enough and the face in his face was the last straw.

robyns
robyns

9news is doing a great disservice by trying to block this video!  Instead, they should have a segment w/ an animal expert explaining exactly what happened, and what signals the dog gave (many--panting, licking, then staring and snapping) before it bit, and what Ms. Dyer did wrong (staring at the dog, smiling ("baring her teeth" from the dog's perspective), and leaning into its face).  The public could learn a great deal about dog behavior and signals, and that might save others from being bitten.

Sauyto
Sauyto

this incident was not the dog's fault, Kyle should have known better, the "animal lover" that she is.  She was interfering with the dog's space, touching him way too much, and way too close.  If she knew anything about Mastifs, she would have stayed her distance.  Not that they can't be  family dogs, but they can be protective of their owners.   The dog was cornered, plain and simple,  Kyle needs to fess up to her mistake.

CindyLotta
CindyLotta

Poor dog - it was stressed and she was putting her hands all over its face. I think a person in this situation (stressed, uncomfortable, trying to get away, being touched all over and held in one spot unable to move away) might have reacted in a pretty negative way as well. I feel bad for the dog!

Magcouch
Magcouch

Max's human guardian is an ass.  Max needed to spend the day after his near-death experience in his safe home, resting and emotionally recovering from his ordeal.  Only a jerk would take Max to an unfamiliar place, surrounded by unfamiliar people, and hold his leash tightly so that poor Max could hardly move.  No leash at the reservoir; no rabies vaccination; holding the dog so tightly on that leash with that ridiculously enormous collar -- ridiculous.  Everyone is blaming poor, dear Kyle Dyer who loves and trusts dogs, and I say bless her heart for that and I hope this incident will not cause her to stop loving dogs.  It wasn't Max's fault and it wasn't Kyle's fault. 

Guest
Guest

The blame is 2 fold - 1st it is with the owner for not properly handling his dog - and that includes not letting someone get in a position where THEIR dog can nip someone.  Sorry but the dog did not give many overt signs of aggression (panting is not necessarily a sign of aggression) and 2ndthe blame also lies with the City of Denver.  Because of their ridiculous ban of Pit Bulls idiots like this owner get a breed of dog that is even bigger and less stable then a Pit Bull - which is ordinarily a great people dog.

Dog
Dog

In Soviet Russia, News Reporter Bites Dog.

Frank
Frank

Total hypocrisy. If Kyle was an anchor at another station they'd be showing the clip over and over. For "news person" Patti Dennis to be actively squelching the clip shows she has no business running a newsroom.

Hlads
Hlads

Lucky for Kyle that she wears so much makeup are else it could have been much worse! The layers of cake is what saved her! And does anyone care about these local media celeb wannabe's anyway? Gary Shapiro?? LOL that guy, or gal, is an idiot!

Arpey
Arpey

I think the video should be used as a learning tool to teach people what not to do.

Url99
Url99

This is the internet...do they honestly think it will really be taken down.  Lesson learned.

DogoArigato
DogoArigato

One question for the masses. Why are the news outlets calling this an 'attack?' It looked like a nip/bite and nothing more. I'm sure that there are some puncture wounds and possibly a tear in Kyle Dyer's lip, but considering the weight/size/jaw on that dog much worse could have occurred. I'm sure that Ms. Dyer has been instructed by the 9News legal team to keep her (reconstructed) trap shut, however I think that she and/or 9News has a responsibility to their viewers to dial it down a little. I'm imagine that if Kyle Dyer would post a twitpic of her lip before surgery everyone would stop jumping to conclusions. Either the bite isn't that bad - and then shame on 9News - or the bite is so bad it requires a full-face transplant like the woman who got hers torn off by a chimp and everyone learns what NOT to do around a dog.

Tessa Friedrich
Tessa Friedrich

I thought this was so much worse that what the video shows because of how much everyone is hyping it up.  She is lucky it was just her lip and not her whole face.  I am sorry this happened to Kyle and I hope this doesn't change her love for animals. 

dmdogowner
dmdogowner

The dog was being a dog, the reporter was being an idiot.  I am certainly sorry that she was injured, but she should have known not to stick her face into to the face of strange dog that was in an unfamiliar setting.  Charge the owner for not having the dog's shots up to date? Yes - he/she should provide proper care for the dog.  I pray for her recovery, as well as wisdom for those who might decide this dog's fate.

Pol
Pol

Too bad the dog didn't do her a favor by taking a huge bite out of her enormous butt.

Diane Ferretti
Diane Ferretti

I wish that people would stop posting vitriolic comments about Kyle Dyer.  Yes, clearly she made a mistake, but why all the mean spirited comments?

BillInOrlando
BillInOrlando

She tried to suck the dog's tongue but her breath stank so he did what you or I do when someone with stanky breath trys to suck our tongue. Will she receive days in quarentine to make sure the dogs o.k.?   

test
test

I read more of the comments... and I'm getting more ticked off.

Everyone is saying "the dog's warnings"... "that she should have seen them"...

Well, IT IS NOT HER DOG.

How about the owner paying attention to the warning signs.

How about the owner protecting people from HIS dog.

REGARDLESS of what other people do to a dog, it is still the responsibility of the owner to control them. Period.

The OWNER was in public with an ANIMAL. If you choose to have an ANIMAL for a pet, you also accept the responsibility on making sure other people are safe.

It is the OWNER'S responsibility to make sure HIS ANIMAL doesn't hurt anyone.

Think about it this way... if the owner had acted the same way and an 8 year old child was doing exactly what the lady was... what would everyone be saying then? That the 8 year old should have known better? Probably not. Everyone would have been saying that it was the OWNER's fault. 

So... how old do other people have to be so that animal owners no longer have to be responsible for their ANIMAL biting someone?

ConcernedPetOwner
ConcernedPetOwner

I just read where the owner did supply a rabies vaccination certificate, so why all the quarantine?

Pat
Pat

I am not a dog expert either; and I know that you don't stick your face against a dog who is practically broadcasting its discomfort; especially when the dog cannot get away from you.  No one would have to warn me.  The dog's breed alone would caution me to proceed with caution and let the dog come to me or just let the dog stay put and talk to the owner; but the truth is you shouldn't be coming on that strong to any type or breed of dog unless you own it or know it very well (and not just for 45 minutes as in this case).  I hope that Ms. Dyer makes a full recovery; and that Max is eventually returned to his owner.

Pat
Pat

Panting may not be necessarily a sign of aggression, but if I was thinking of interacting with a dog who, like Max, was not only panting but pulling his ears back, baring his teeth, and trying to move his head away from me (which Max tried to do, but could not escape, due to his owner's grip on the dog's collar), I would NOT stick my face close to his and keep grabbing at his head!  Once I was talking with an acquaintance outside our apartment building, and I reached out to pet his young leashed Rottweiler.  The Rottie gave the very slightest of snaps, not touching me, just a warning.  I instantly retracted my hand and did not try to touch the dog again; and there was no further difficulty.  If I had insisted on trying to pet the dog, hug the dog or whatever, I could have been bitten, which would have been very unpleasant for all concerned.  Not all dogs react in that way; but dogs are domesticated wolves; we should respect them and observe them and take it slow and cautious with dogs who are not ours.  It's a good rule of thumb NOT to  put one's face near the face of a dog that is not your own...

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

A very simple and straight-forward point, Url99. Thanks for sharing it.

Ms Anonymous
Ms Anonymous

 The owner wasn't facing his dog.  He didn't see the dog telegraphing his anxiety before he snapped at the reporter.  The reporter obviously wasn't paying attention either or she wouldn't have leaned in when the dog bared his teeth.

As for the owners responsibility... dogs are NOT robots, nor are they "stuffed animals".  If you walk up to a strange dog and stick your face right next to theirs, you'd better be damned good at reading the dog and be prepared to act fast if that dog panics.

I expect adults approaching dogs to behave responsibly.  If it were an 8 year old child, I would make sure the kid didn't put his/her face up right next to the dogs face.  I would expect an adult to be a little smarter than the average 8 year old kid.

Tanka
Tanka

The reporter is an idiot, and so are you.  PERIOD.

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