[UPDATED] [VIDEO] News Anchor Bit By Rescue Dog On Live TV
UPDATE: Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 10:50 AM: NEW EXTENDED VIDEO BELOW!
Although I don’t want to blame the anchor, it wasn’t really smart of her to put her face so close to the dogs face. The anchor and the dog had never had much interaction before this incident, and when dogs feel threatened, they react. She’s being treated for her injuries and is expected to be okay. Maybe she’ll learn from this experience and by sharing it, I hope you all do too.
Luckily though, 9News reports that Dyer is “currently in fair condition and is being evaluated by the trauma team. She is awake and visiting with family who asked that we thank the community for their immediate outpouring of support.”
Although she is in good condition she did have some injuries that needed medical attention. Dyer received some reconstruction surgery to her lip while Max is being quarantined at an animal shelter to be surveyed and see if there is any threat of rabies. My hope is that they don’t take this out on the dog and realize that it was very soon after a trauma and the anchor didn’t respect his personal space. Her injuries are very minor and shouldn’t lead to the dog being responsible and punished.
Kyle Dyer is still unable to talk, but is communicating with her friends and family via her iPad. Dyer wanted to let people know that she is aware she had some fault in getting by Warrior Maximus (Max’s full name). The dog was rescued the day before and still under traumatic stress. The owners are trying to set the record straight and explain that their dog is a loving family pet.
‘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,’ said the dog’s owners The Robinsons in a statement.
‘This incident truly is unfortunate and does not reflect Max’s disposition towards people.’
There has been an extreme amount of concern as far as whether the Maximus would be put down or not due to this incident and the answer has been divulged. If he shows no signs of rabies (which he has yet to do) then he will not be euthanized. Sadly, his owner was fined for this incident as well as having Max off leash when he needed to be rescued from the Reservoir.
‘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,’ the Robinsons said in their statement.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kyle Dyer was doing a follow-up interview on the rescue of Max, an 85-pound Argentine mastiff that fell into a lake on Tuesday while chasing a coyote in Lakewood. Firefighter Tyler Sugaski, who put on a wetsuit and rescued the dog, was also being interviewed when the attack occurred.
The Rescue of Max, 3yo, from Freezing Smith Reservoir:
- Pit bull stereotyping (piedtype.com)
- Rescued dog bites TV anchor during broadcast (sfgate.com)
- Denver TV Anchor Bitten by Rescued Dog (myfoxny.com)
- Dog bites Denver TV anchor’s face during interview (cbsnews.com)
- Dog Bites Woman of the Day (thedailywh.at)
- Video: Dramatic Rescue of Teen Who Went Down Cliff to Save His Dog (laist.com)