Kyle Dyer, a news anchor for KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado went under reconstructive surgery after an Argentine Mastiff dog bite her face during a live segment. Kyle Dyer had been interviewing the owner of the dog, Michael Robinson and the fire fighter, Tyler Sugaski after the dog fell into Lakewood lake on Tuesday. Gladiator Maximus, known as Max, is a Argentine Mastiff dog.
During the interview, Kyle Dyer was petting the 3-year old Argentine Mastiff dog saying that he is gorgeous and she is so glad they are okay. She continued petting the dog and told the fire fighter and owner to have a good weekend. It then looks like she leaned into the dog and said, “Have a good Valentines Day,” when the dog lashes out to her and the dog bites anchor Kyle Dyer.
The news anchor had to be rushed to the local hospital in Denver where a trauma team determined how to reconstruct the damage done to her face from the dog bite. Denver Health Medical Center said, “Kyle 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.”
Kyle Dyter’s co-anchor Gary Shapiro said in a statement, “I know that she is a great journalist who loves happy stories, this was a happy story. Kyle was glad she got assigned to it, because she loves animals. Max and his owner spent about 45 minutes in the newsroom before they went on the air, and many members of the staff greeted them and petted Max. He seemed perfectly normal. During the interview Kyle petted him, and talked to the two guest. At the very end of the segment, Max snapped at Kyle for whatever reason and got some of her lip.”
Doug Kelley, the director of Denver Animal Care and Control, said Max’s owner will be cited for the dog bite, for a leash law violation and for not having Max vaccinated for rabies.
On Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. the owner, Michael Robinson was taking Max for a walk without a leash when the dog noticed a coyote running out of a bush. The dog chased the coyote onto the lake and fell into the freezing water. He spent 20 minutes in the water before fire fighters arrived and rescued him. Tyler Sugaski broke the ice with his arms so he could get closer to the dog. He said in a statement, “The dog recognized right off that I was there to help, so he came towards me.”
Argentine mastiffs, also known as the Argentine Dogo, are known as big-game hunters and historically have gone after wild boars and pumas. The breed first appeared in 1928 as a relative of the Cordoba Fighting Dog. While they are now pets, they were bred from a violent group of dogs, but the aggressive traits in the Cordoban Dog were specifically bred out. The dogs are very possessive and protect both their physical territory and their human companion to the death by using their strength and sharp teeth.