Late this afternoon, Denver’s Channel 9 News aired an update on anchor Kyle Dyer’s dog bite injury suffered during an interview this morning. Dyer is in “fair” condition in a local hospital following reconstructive surgery to repair her injured lip. For more on yesterday’s dog rescue and the follow-up interview-gone-wrong, see the previous post, “Denver: Dog rescue story becomes dog bite story.”
- Denver TV Anchor Bitten by Rescued Dog (myfoxny.com)
- Denver TV anchor bitten by rescued dog (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Rescued dog bites TV anchor during broadcast (sfgate.com)
- Dog Bites KUSA Anchor During Newscast (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Dog bites Denver TV anchor’s face during interview (cbsnews.com)
9 thoughts on “Denver’s Channel 9 explains dog bite incident”
That’s a wonderful response from the station 🙂
They work very hard to do things right and they do a lot for the community. I hope this incident does not reflect negatively on the station.
About 8 years ago we owned a Shetland Sheepdog which was 5 or 6 years old at the time. He had begun exhibiting some signs of stiffness and was probably beginning to have some problems with his hip joints. Despite never having bitten anyone before, he bit our 3-year old granddaughter in the face as she was trying to pet him from behind. They had not played together, so she was basically strange to him. In reviewing this disaster in my mind after the fact I concluded that I hadn’t fully understood the situation.
People tend to anthropomorphize critters and they become like one of the family, but I’m here to tell you that there’s a big difference. Dogs don’t reason, they are creatures of instinct. I felt betrayed, but it wasn’t the dog’s fault – he was simply being a dog. He was hurting and had been approached by a creature only slightly larger than he was. And, I found out that going for the face is purely instinctive as well – a large part of dog bites are to the face. It was a part of the learning curve I will never forget.
My granddaughter had multiple stitches and thanks to an excellent ER surgeon, you can’t even see the scar today.
Oh, what a trauma that must have been for all of you! I’m so glad your granddaughter recovered fully. I hope the incident didn’t leave her with a lasting fear of dogs. My own grandkids, in addition to my dog when they are here, have at their house 3 dogs and 3 cats. The pets are all very mild-mannered. Still, the dogs are big (60+ lbs) and one is quite old. Both kids and dogs do unexpected things, so the potential for accidents is always there. But none of us can imagine life without our pets (although I confess I think one large dog per family is enough).
Thanks for update.
A brief report today added nothing new except that Dyer was expected to leave the hospital this afternoon.