Gannett’s KUSA-TV Denver anchor Kyle Dyer was bitten by a dog on 9NEWS on Wednesday (2/8) morning. Kyle was interviewing Max, an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff, his owner, and a firefighter, who rescued Max from an icy pond on Tuesday, when she was bitten in the face.
Firefighters, paramedics and animal control were immediately called to the station. Kyle was taken to Denver Health Medical Center. The hospital says she has gone through reconstructive surgery for injuries she sustained from the bite.
Kyle says she wants everyone to know she is OK and is concerned about the viewers who were watching the incident live on TV. She’ll be back on-air when she recovers.
Doug Kelley, the director of Denver Animal Care and Control, says Max’s owner will be cited for three things: because the dog bit someone, for a leash-law violation because the owner did not have control of the dog at all times, and for not having Max vaccinated for rabies.
Kelley says Max is not showing signs of rabies.
According to Kelley, Max is being held at the Denver Animal Shelter and will be quarantined for 10 days per standard procedure. He says they will re-evaluate the situation on Feb. 18 or 19.
“Every animal, as long as it is able to be quarantined, is quarantined,” Kelley said.
Kelley says any animal in quarantine is tested for rabies and is monitored for other illnesses. Jefferson County Animal Control says the animal and the owner have not been cited in their jurisdiction before.
Max’s owner will appear in court on 5/4.
“The dog bite accident that happened today at 9NEWS was unfortunate and certainly not expected based on what we knew about the dog and his owner. Our goal was to unite the owner with the rescuer for a nice segment. We are all thinking of Kyle and her recovery,” VP/News at 9NEWS Patti Dennis said on Wednesday. “We love Kyle and what she and her family do for this community. We also love animals and will continue to do all we can to use 9NEWS to improve animal welfare in Colorado.”