TV anchor leaves hospital, dog owner issues statement

Kyle Dyer
Kyle Dyer

Kyle Dyer, the television anchor for Denver’s Channel 9, who was bitten in the face by a dog yesterday, was released from the hospital this afternoon. The station reports she is not talking due to her injuries, but is busily communicating with her iPad.

The dog, named Gladiator Maximus (Max) and his owner, Michael Robinson, have never been cited in the county where they live, and Denver animal control, currently holding the dog in quarantine, has said there is little to no chance the dog will be put down. Sometimes when a bite to the face has occurred, a release can include stipulations such as the dog having to be muzzled when in public. Denver Animal Care and Control Director Doug Kelley said he did not anticipate asking for any in this case.

The dog’s owner issued a statement that said, in part:

… The only reason we agreed to do the interview following Max’s rescue was to show how truly grateful we are for the life-saving rescue of Max by Tyler Sugaski and the crew from Lakewood Fire Department Station No. 12.

… For the record, Max is current in his vaccinations. Max has no history of aggression. Max is a gentle, loving, family dog. Max is well mannered and obedient and he hardly barks. This incident truly is unfortunate and does not reflect Max’s disposition towards people.

While we normally walk Max on-leash, we understand that by letting him off-leash in an open area away from anyone was still a mistake. We will never walk him off-leash in public areas after this. We hope that the incident of Max falling through the ice serves as a reminder to all responsible pet-owners to keep their dogs on-leash. And we all have learned more about interacting with a family pet in stressful situations.
Again, our thoughts are with Ms. Dyer. As part of a grateful community, we thank her and 9NEWS for their commitment to pets through their many programs and features. We also truly appreciate the public’s support for Max. Our family hopes to have Max home soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson

Nevertheless, Kelley says Robinson will be cited for three things: because the dog bit someone, for a leash-law violation because he did not have control of the dog at all times, and for not having Max vaccinated for rabies, and he will have to appear in court on April 4.

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8 thoughts on “TV anchor leaves hospital, dog owner issues statement

  1. Thanks for the update. I just wish someone of “authority” would simply explain the dogs “point of view.” Having been through the stress, in an unusual, brightly lit and busy place, then having the reporter lower her face like that. Any experienced dog trainer knows dogs often see that as a sign of aggression.

    I do like what the owner said, “We hope that the incident of Max falling through the ice serves as a reminder to all responsible pet-owners to keep their dogs on-leash.” Very wise statement. He, and the dog, are both very lucky.

    1. Yes, it’s a timely warning. The day after Max fell into the pond, another local dog fell into another local pond, and a team of four rescuers never found him. Very sad.

  2. The owner is always responsible for the dog. Go look at a Caesar Millan show and you’ll see – He rehabilitates dogs and trains people. Gosh you are all so dumb.

  3. Thanks for the update. What really bothered me about the video of this event was the owner’s reaction immediately after the incident…just sat there….most would have been giving immediate “correction” to the dog and moving the dog away – or at least moving between dog and newscaster…. just sitting there.
    Have seen it all in slow motion and heard dog trainers point all the ways the dog was trying to warn the newscaster.
    Mom was right never never put you face down by a dog’s…even a poodle’s.

    1. It appeared that neither the owner nor the firefighter moved to do anything. But Dyer turned away so they may not have realized for a moment that she was injured. Many reports said the firefighter jumped in immediately and administered first aid until the ambulance and animal control arrived. All of which must have further traumatized the poor dog.

... and that's my two cents