Kyle Dyer, a news anchor for 9News, an NBC affiliated Denver television station, was bitten by an Argentine mastiff dog on live TV Wednesday. Gladiator Maximus, or Max, is an 85-pound Argentine mastiff that was on the news show after being rescued from a lake that Tuesday. On Wednesday, Kyle Dyer underwent reconstructive surgery for injuries to her lip.
NY Daily News reported that the dog had fallen in a frigid lake in Lakewood while chasing a coyote. Kyle Dyer was interviewing the dog's owner, Michael Robinson, and the firefighter, Tyler Sugaski, who rescued Max, and Robinson, who had gone into the icy waters as well.
The news anchor was petting the dog during the interview, and was bitten on the face in the live segment. The news station is not rebroadcasting Kyle Dyer's attack, but videos have been posted online showing the dog attacking the anchor.
Max the dog is currently impounded for 10 days. According to the Denver Post, during those 10 days Denver Animal Care and Control will look for signs of illness, including rabies. Max may be released to his owner after those 10 days. A judge will hold a hearing to decide the dog's fate.
Robinson is currently facing a couple citations by the Denver Environmental Health department. Michael Robinson's citations include failure to have a leash on a dog, allowing a dog to bite, and failure to have a vaccinated dog.
Dyer has been with 9News for 15 years. Vice President of 9News, Patti Dennis said during the stations 4 p.m. news that Kyle is doing good. She just got out of surgery about 2 o'clock this afternoon. She had reconstructive surgery on her lip--she's doing well, and will make a recovery, and we're all thinking about her and her family.
The Denver Post said that a media release by Denver Health Medical Center listed Kyle Dyer as in fair condition, and visiting with family.
Dennis said that Kyle Dyer will make a return to the news station. Kyle will go through a recovery and be back in a period of weeks--probably several, but she will be back, said Dennis.