Denver: Dog rescue story becomes dog bite story

34 thoughts on “Denver: Dog rescue story becomes dog bite story”

    1. My name is Damon Marcucci and we have a pit rescue in Co. Springs and would be willing to relocate the dog if a judge orders him out of Denver Dog lingo should say it all for his actions

      1. I had no doubt that some of Colorado’s many wonderful rescue groups would speak up for this dog and offer him sanctuary. Thank you for all you do!

    1. If you saw the whole video the dog had been licking her face affectionately and then instead of coming in for another affection face lick he bite instead. By the time she realized that he decided he did not want to lick her face this time it was too late for her to pull away. My dog would never do this no matter how traumatized. This is a banned breed and with pitbull type in its breeding. Definately another mutant that previous generations did not have to worry about. LONG LIVE THE domesitc dogs of yesteryear. Pitbulls and the like are man made mistakes like created viruses that escape the lab and nuclear bombs. Evil begets evil

      1. I don’t trust the breed either. None of the pit or mastiff fighting dog types.

        Oops, I just noticed that video has been taken down again. Second time it’s happened. Guess I’ll have to find another replacement.

      2. This dog is not related to the “pit bull.” It is an Argentinian Mastiff, which is a hunting breed more closely related to Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhound, Boxer, and Great Dane. I have trained hundreds of dogs through my lifetime, many of which were from shelters and traumatic backgrounds; I also run agility; worked at a vet clinic for years; and work closely with a professional breeder and show person. First of all, that dog was in a strange environment right after a traumatic event. Secondly, lowering your face down in that manner is perceived as a threat by a dog. Does not matter the dog was licking and loving right before, that specific movement may be perceived as a threat. We never EVER lower our faces like that to other trainers dogs. Never.

        Now, in reference to your “pit” equating “evil.” It is the humans which make a dog evil. Not the dog. The American Stafford Terrier is a loving and very devoted breed. The only reason they have a bad “rap” is because they have been trained to be aggressive by humans. Not a single one is born that way. It is a learned behavior by evil people.

        Oh, and by the way… with the hundreds of dogs I have trained, and adding in all the other hundreds I have been around, but not actually handled, and including the dogs at the vet clinic – which are often sick – the ONLY two bites I have ever encountered were from Dachshunds – and those were both my fault. Not the dogs.

      3. Understood. But the breed did originate from the Cordoba fighting dog and other fighting breeds, so we have the nature/nurture dichotomy to consider. It’s always up to the owner to make sure the dog — any dog — is properly raised, trained, and controlled.

      4. Wow, have you ever had a pit or any of these “banned breeds”? I have and it was the little mix breed that left me marked for life. I hope you never have a child with mental or physical disabilities.

  1. The rescue is wonderful! But ignorance prevails by the reporter. First of all, the dog is in a strange place, bright lights, noises it is not used to. Then this strange woman gets close enough to his face that he is within biting range. The dog only did what many dogs would have done under those circumstances. The dog was set up for failure here. They are NOT people!

    1. I found the footage on YouTube and the way she lowered her face down to the dog is seen by the dog as an act of aggression. I feel horrible for the newscaster, dog bites are not fun. And so many people do not realize what that move means. But err on the side of caution and never bring your face down to a dog like that.

    2. One of the local stations did a story on the bite of the reporter. They actually interviewed a Veterinarian who stated that after the stress of the day before, and the unfamiliar situation that it was in, probably had the dog pretty agitated. It was nice to see they didn’t vilify the poor dog in this case. I feel bad for the reporter, but she’s listed in fair condition and should be alright. No idea what’ll happen to the dog.

  2. She should have never put her face by the dog, it started to growl warning her to back away but she didn’t. IF THE DOG WAS TRUELY MEAN IT WOULD HAVE BIT THE FIRE FIGHTER IN THE WATER AND ON STAGE WHEN HE WAS HOLDING DOGS NOSE AFTER THE BIT ( ITS A TRAGEDY ON ALL PARTS, POOR DOG)

    1. By all reports the dog was well behaved in the studio for more than an hour before the on-air incident. Latest reports say that barring “extenuating circumstances” (whatever those might be), the dog will probably be returned to its owner. I hope so. It would be so unfair for the dog to be put down because the humans around it made mistakes.

  3. Dodgy business. News happens at such a speed we sometimes pick up stories without giving proper weight to issues like how responsible the owner was, or whether the dog was the sort which could tackle the stress of a studio and strangers.

    1. I’m frustrated that they haven’t paid more attention to the owner’s apparent irresponsibility in this case. I hope that will come later, after Ms. Dyer recovers. There are lessons to be learned here about the responsibilities of pet ownership (owners are called “pet guardians” in Colorado), dog behavior, interaction with animals, etc.

  4. Let’s set the dog up for failure: traumatic experience. Then put him in unfamiliar surroundings, with bright lights, strange people, and not knowing what is expected of him….owner should have known better
    The broadcaster should also have been more wary – maybe naive? You need to be careful with strange dogs coming over them like that. But she trusted her producer who scheduled the dog.
    Dog are just dogs. ALl breeds can be aggressive and dangerous in certain situations
    Sad all the way around.

... and that's my two cents