Argentine Mastiff Dog Bites Kyle Dyer a News Anchor

Kyle Dyer Dog BiteKyle 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.

42 Comments on "Argentine Mastiff Dog Bites Kyle Dyer a News Anchor"

  1. For those who’ve said that a dog ALWAYS shows warning signs prior to a bite, I will tell you that is absolutely not true in all cases. Dogs can and have learned to hide those warning signs, especially when they’ve been reprimanded for showing them in the past. So, a dog can attack without obvious signs being displayed. Coupled with the majority of people who don’t and probably never will catch some of the subtle signs displayed, you have horrible incidences like this occur. While I agree that Ms. Dyer should have known better than to make the mistakes she did, what about cases like the woman in California, killed by 2 Presa Canarios, when all she did was walk out of her apartment? Certain breeds are dangerous and should only be allowed in limited public spaces because we cannot expect everyone to be able to understand dog language. I find it sickening to see how quickly everyone will scream for the dog’s rights and blame the victim nearly every time when in fact, it’s not always something the victim did or didn’t do right to prevent an attack.

  2. This aggressive dog must be put down. Why? Because it will do it again. The next victim could be your child or another innocent person just simply trying to be friendly. These aggressive, unsocialized dogs (usually breed-specific) are always repeat offenders and get bounced around in rescue groups while the dog’s biting history gets lost; ticking-time-bombs until a baby or toddler is mauled or another life torn apart. Tragically, speaking from experience.

  3. When this case goes to court, it’s not a judge who will determine responsibility, it will be a jury. And, they will side with a female whose profession relied on her public facial appearance in front of a camera. It will also come out in the trial that this aggressive dog has attacked before. There was apparent reasonable expectation that the dog was safe enough to bring around people. Owner’s and handler’s (care-keeper’s) will be found at fault and negligent.

  4. Max was doing everything in his power to tell everyone he was nervous and insecure. And no one did anything to help him. His owner should have told that lady to back off, just return to her seat and give the dog his personal space. Few dogs would have tolerated that invasion, even a lot of service dogs would have been nervous. Which is why most of their owners have the dogs lay behind the owners feet or legs in highly stressful, crowded situations.

    All the humans in this story made mistakes…and this should be a story for education, not simply “put the dog down” which won’t help at all.

  5. Juan, you completely on target here. Dud you read that all you law-makers out ther? Education is the key. Thanks Juan!

  6. Yes, all the signs were there that the dog was stressed. What you do not see is all the activity off camera. The cameras, stage staff, lights, people in the studio quietly moving around. We humans understand what is going on, dogs do not. Dogos are very sweet dogs as I am sure this one, Max, is too. If he really wanted to hurt her, he would have. He was telling her to back off when she was moving closer to him. He probably only meant to snap, not bite. Big difference. It is hard when you are a dog or animal lover to restrain your urge to cuddle and love on them, but when you do not know the animal and when the environment is unknown to the dog, it is best to be cautious. Being “in the studio” for a few hours before the segment does not mean they were sitting there, lights on, cameras at the ready, stage managers in place, etc. They were probably in the green room for most of the time and on the set for a short time before going on air. The green room has a more normal feel than the set so the dog was most likely more relaxed. Any breed of dog could have been in this situation with the same outcome. Bigger dogs mean bigger results. I do hope Kyle has a good surgeon to fix the bite, and I also hope that the owner and the public in general are more aware of dog language. I am sure this is an isolated incident and Max should live a long and happy life. And, yes, I agree, Riley, you are an idiot. You may claim to be an animal lover, but you certainly do not understand dogs.

  7. Chris pArkinson | February 11, 2012 at 9:46 am | Reply

    The dogs are very friendly just dont try to kiss them like that that dog was stressed out obviously. I have one he is amazing the breed is so powerful and loyal such a great companion

  8. Marcos, do yourself a favor. Prior to ever typing anything on any subject, please educate yourself prior to putting it down in print. You have no clue what you are talking about. Dogos were not created primarily for fighting; they were initially created for hunting, but the base (Cordoba) was tempted to make it a very loyal family dog. Again, as with all animals, especially humans, depends on how they are brought up….

  9. Neither Cesar Millan would approximate the dog as that journalist did after all signals Max gave.

  10. Don’t kill the dog. Train his owner and the journalist!! Everybody knows that an argentine dogo is not exactly and adorable puppy. It’s a breed created primarily for fighting and later adapted to big hunting and it’s (depending on particular cases and particular owners) variably aggressive. And if you don’t know it… don’t buy a dogo and don’t kiss his nose!!

  11. I agree that to an untrained eye, Max was giving loving happy signs, but he is a dog and its wrong to assume that his body language is the same as ours (or what we’ve come to believe from Hollywood). I own two powerful dogs who love people but I would NEVER allow a stranger to put their face up to them like that and especially in such a stressful situation.

    Ask yourself this:
    Your in a strange place
    Strange people hovering round you
    Bright lights
    Mechanical things all over the place
    Being held tightly so you cant change positions
    Your friend is rubbing your ear tensely
    A stranger is IN YOUR FACE rubbing your whole head with both hands
    And then she bends in to an inch away from your nose

    Wouldn’t you do something to push her away?
    Wouldn’t you pull back?
    Say something like “back up lady!”

    Max wasn’t given that privilege and Kyle did NOT listen to his message.
    He was basically left with no option other than to nip her, which in dog language means “back up lady!”

    I’m sorry she was bit, really, but the dog is not to blame. The owner should be fined for not telling her to back up. He needed to be Max’s voice and he failed.

    Sad day for powerful dogs since they are the ones who will be the scape goats, as usual.

    • I think you’re right, but I’ll make Max’s owner attend to dog behavior interpretation classes, as well as the anchorwoman. Teaching is always better than fining, this is a great opportunity to teach.

  12. First off I want to start with I own a DOGO ARGENTINO!!! He is 11 and is the most lovable dog I have ever had. He’s 125lbs and a gental giant. I also have a 3lb Chihuhua and a 20lb French Bulldog and they are all best friends. I have millions of videos of my chihuahua and french bulldog beating up my Dogo, which he just plays back and lets them. For every ignorant comment about how the dog should be put down, your exactly what you sound like…. IGNORANT!! People shouldn’t comment about a breed of dog they have never encountered, and a DOGO ARGENTINO is not a common dog. Even a child knows they should ever put there face that close to ANY DOG that they don’t know. The dog clearly looked uncomfortable the way he was being held, then he has a stranger hovering in front of him, and he’s on a set with cameras. What dog wouldn’t be uncomfortable. That is why they have trained animals for acting!! Miss Dyer obviously isn’t trained to be around an animal that has just been through a traumatic experience. Unfortunalty, the dog must suffer now with a bad rep. I also must add that a Dogo Argentino is not like a pit bull. I have had pit bulls as well, which are only dog aggressive unless you have an ignorant owner that has other intentions. Pit bulls are great pets as well. I’m a strong dog advocate that will do anything I can to help this dog from not being put down.

  13. Juan and Stacy I fully agree with your comments.

    Also, Juan I feel you summed it up perfect in saying
    “Dog breeds are not guilty of human stupidity and ignorance. Hope you can understand that a breed doesn’t make the dog.”

    Jon D……..Yes certain breeds of dog are bred for violence and guarding. Who breeds them for that purpose? HUMANS….therefore right off the bat they are in the wrong. It’s said that you breed violence into a dog…..then reverse it.

    It’s upsetting to hear stories like these & my heart goes out to Miss Dyer…..but it’s a lesson to all, NEVER do you get extremely close, especially in the face of, a dog or animal that you do not know. It is automatic (and only) defense to attack if they feel threatened or insecure. The animal is not at fault, but the people who do not know what they are doing or the warnings signs and who do not act in a precautious manner.
    Educate yourself on the the animal, warning signs & precautions to take if you are going to be dealing with or handling an animal….especially one you do not know.

    As far as Pit Bulls all being violent….you are wrong. Not every Pit Bull is bred through violence and even those who are don’t always take on those traits. I have known various dogs in the Bull family bred for violence who are the sweetest and are tossed aside and used as baiting because of that trait. Watch animal rescue shows….there are a lot of Pit bulls pulled out of fighting who are ADOPTED becuase of their wonderful NON VIOLENT traits. Most animals used for fighting are also bred and raised to be aggressive toward other animals….NOT humans.

    I have a Staffordshire Terrier…part of the Bull family as well. He is the best tempered and most loving animal I have ever met. He was raised with respect and unconditional love though….which is apparent in his character…and he loves people and animals of all kinds (I have a rabbit which he in fact plays with even). My hound mix I own is more aggressive than my Staffy mix.
    The bull family is infact known as “the nanny dog” because of their unconditional love and fantastic .

    Read up on your history and facts to learn the truth instead of following hear say. Hear say doesn’t spread word of the good….only the bad.

  14. I think the main problem is that every night we have another annoying animal story on the evening news. Fox news had the dog resuce as the first story on its news last night. I could not believe it! Men risked their lives to save a dog! What if the man had drowned leaving behind wife and kids? Please folks, they are animals! I think 9 news thought they had a big scoop with having the (irresponsible) owner on. Shame on . Station manager Patti Dennis for booking this story at all

    • Judice or Judith…?? I can’t believe you have audacity to even post that comment??? SHAME ON YOU!!! Dogs save people’s lives every day. From your local police, firefighters, the army, etc…. The list can go on. Did you know DOG is GOD spelled backwards? Maybe you should adopt a cat, your clearly not worthy of a having a dog, so then when you watch the news you won’t be so ignorant about the animal stories cause you might actually start having a heart….

    • I hope you are never the victim of a natural disaster, because that dog digging you out of the rubble of your destroyed home will make you eat those words. I hope you never have a disabled child, because when your autistic son says his first words because of the love and support of a service dog, you’ll eat those words. I hope you live in a city where there is no crime, because when a police dog drops the burglar who stole your things, you’ll eat those words. Men risk their lives for dogs because they do the same for us. So, one day, I hope you DO eat those words.

  15. Monty, don’t be a moron. And Jon, get your history right – pit bulls were bred to be DOG aggressive, not people aggressive – that happened when stupid people started breeding them for looks and not functionality

  16. Juan…I can’t comment on the Dogo, but Pit Bulls have been bred for violence. This is no different than breeding cattle or any other animal. Dominate and desired traits are carried through. This doesn’t mean a Pit Bull can’t be docile for a while…but underneith is the breeding…they can’t help what humans did to them.

    • Well, every breed of dog out there was “designed” for a purpose. Geman Shepherds originally were bred for farm work (including guard), Yorkshire Terriers were bred to hunt rats in England, French Bulldogs are meant to be “lap pets” by design, and Argentinian Dogo’s were bred to hunt and take down wild boars. This DOESN’T mean that a dog action’s are guided by it’s breed. Sure, there’s influence (genetics run deep there), but a dog is first an animal, then a dog, then a breed then a name. The reasons of why a dog attacks can be very varied. Some by instinct, some for self preservation, some for miseducation and socialization, some for dominance, some because of fear, some because of training.
      The fact that Pit Bulls were bred to fight doesn’t mean that they are all aggressive dogs, and a breed should not be blamed for the action of some dogs.
      Sure, there are breeds that require a more steady, firm leadership than others. It is not the same to raise a Golden Retriever than a Rottweiler, but that is were most humans fail. We tend to buy (or adopt) a dog by it’s looks instead of the breed and family (lineage) characteristics. If a dog comes from an aggressive father and mother, it is most probably that the pup will have a very, very spirited temperament, and as such, it is not convenient to have it as a companionship dog unless the owner has a lot of experience with other strong, spirited dogs.
      You can’t blame a dog for the actions of the humans that interact with them, neither you can’t blame a breed for the actions of some of the dogs that belongs to that breed.
      Rationale, informed and wise approach is the best thing we can do to make dogs our most beloved friends and companions.
      Try reading some of Cesar Millan’s articles and books, if you haven’t.

  17. Banning pitbulls is as pointless as banning ‘assault weapons.’ You can harm someone with any type of gun just like any breed of dog can be turned mean. Humans are the issue. Thanks to ignorant laws that ban particular breeds, thousands of loving and kind animals have been needlessly murdered. From what I understand, Mrs. Dyer has been very understanding about the incident and has not blamed the animal. I say good for her – it takes a lot of courage not to lash out at the animal or owner.

  18. I completely agree with Juan and most of these comments. We own a 115 lb. Argentine Dogo. Best behaved animal ever! The whole neighborhood enjoys his company when we’re on our evening walks. Get togethers with 40+ people, the dog is always the topic. He is never forced
    upon anyone like in the video, all people there should have paid more attention and notice that the dog was not comfortable.

  19. “Dumb” & Dumber

    “Dumb” for the owner of this dog (basically a “Pit Bull) to have the dog off the leash (how else did he chase the coyote and get into the pond), dumb for the owner to even have such a dangerous dog (banned in smarter countries like United Kingdom and Australia, and even Aurora, Colorado – near Denver?). Dumb – for the owner of the dog not to had him up to date on rabies shots ($12.00 for 2 years at any pet store).

    “Dumber” For the idiotic anchorwoman to put her face in a dogs face… especially one that looks and acts like a Pit Bull. I will be she never does that again?

    • Monty, your comments about the Argentinian dogo and Pit Bulls are even dumber than the anchorwoman attitude. First: the Argentinian Dogo is a dog I know very well. I live in Mendoza, Argentina, and have had several of those wonderful animals. Never, ever, had one problem. And they are not like Pit Bulls… they can do much more damage than the latest if they want to. They are insensitive to pain and once their mind is set, only a very firm owner can stop them. But… well educated, socialized and correctly approached, the Argentinian dogo is one of the most wonderful dogs to own. I’m telling you by pure experience. Dog breeds are not guilty of human stupidity and ignorance.
      Pit Bulls are NOT the violent, vicious breed you portrait in your comment. See for more examples. Hope you can understand that a breed doesn’t make the dog.

    • Monty, if I were a “PIT BUll” I would bite your dumbass for making such dumb remarks

    • Juan,
      Thank you for the defense of the Dogo. I own a 1 1/2 yr old male from Legenddogos, did plenty of homework and reading on the breed before we got him and will NEVER own any other breed but Dogo. The Martinez brothers genetically perfected though many years of breeding the traits we have come to love in the Dogo, tempered by the Boxer, they are loyal companions and social, can be a challenge around other ‘A’ male dogs, but not human aggressive unless provoked, then will protect to the death. Such a misunderstood breed, if only people would do their homework before launching such a blanket statement because what they look like..National Geographic did a beautiful 5 minute clip on these dogs…watched all the way through, they call them at the end…”Gentle Souls.”

    • Monty, you are feeding into and perpetuating stereotypes that the media and anti dog breed groups love. First of all, a pit bull is a terrier not a mastiff. Completely different temperament. The UK ban on Dogos is BS. They are banning the breed and not the deed. The ban was knee-jerk legislation to appease their dumb @ss public who were outraged at a pit bull attack so they banned any dog that “looked like or resembles a pit bull”. The town in CO is just as stupid, most likely for the same uninformed reason.

      Juan is correct. The Dogo is probably THE most all around wonderful breed. I have had three, one of which is a dual champion, grand daughter of Guri de Lago Puelo, (Guarani) one of the most titled Dogos that was once used as a working guardian dog in a mine in Argentina before coming to the US. These dogs are very smart and would not attack without cause. Yes, the situation had CAUTION written all over it, but humans are not always the sharpest knife in the drawer. This situation is only one example.

      Yes, the actions by these people were not smart. Whenever a dog is aggressive why do people first blame the dog and not look at the owner, the situation, the environment? Humans need to realize that while we have complex language skills, can use tools and have emotions, that we are not the only species that can do these things. Animals have them too but use them, exhibit them, differently. I am sure if the tables were turned there are many dogs that would put people down for the treatment or neglect they have been given. My best wishes go out to Kyle and my strongest hope that the owner has learned to keep Max on a leash and respect his space and sensitivities like probably does for the people in his life.

  20. “Riley” wrote: “It is unacceptable for a dog being agressive in any manner towards us. It is the dogs fault and should be put down.”

    Wrong. Dogs are not human, and they communicate differently. Dogs can and DO show aggression at times — it is up to the supposedly “more imtelligent” species to understand that and act appropriately. While it is truly unfortunate that Ms. Dyer was injured,and we can all hope that she heals fully and quickly, it would be aggressively stupid to kill an animal because of a human ignored his clear communication.
    Riley, you are no animal lover if you think Max should be killed for that.

    • Zachary you are completely correct. I am currently working on a documentary film project based on companion animals. One of the most interesting things about dogs is that after thousands of years as human companion animals, they have adapted in unique ways to communicate better with us. It is sad, that humans overall, have done little to understand these animals that over centuries have served us. Saying that a dog should be put down, unless miserably ill or unable to socialize in a fulfilling way, is an ignorant and easy answer. Shame on you Riley for promoting such ignorance.

  21. I was watching the broadcast and saw ALL the warning signs. When Kyle got down on the floor I said right out loud “not a good idea., you of all people should know better”
    I turned it off before the bite…found out today what had happened. Blame…not the dog!

  22. Dogs never bite or attack without warning. It’s up to people to recognize dog behaviour! That dog was showing very obvious signs of avoidance and discomfort. NEVER stick your face into the face of a dog you don’t know. No matter the size, a woman did this with a Shih Tzu last year and it tore her nose right off.

  23. Dave Richardson | February 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply

    Two years ago a Pit Bull owned by my son viciously attacked my two year old grandson in their home, and almost ripped his face off. He required extensive surgery that night, and due to the skill of the pediatric plastic surgeon and God’s help, he looks like he did prior to the attack. What was my grandson doing? Playing with his toys. According to my son the dog was not endangered in anyway. The dog has been destroyed. Yes, those people on the show were partly to blame or even mostly, that kind of animal should not have been brought onto the set without sometype of restraint. I feel very sorry for Ms. Dyer, I hope she heals quickly from this; however, the skin can right itself, the trauma from the attack will take time to heal. Fortunately my grandson has sign of PTSD, and he has even played with dogs since then, but under strict supervision. If you don’t know the animal stay away from it. Even toy poodles can be vicious. My prayers for Ms.Dyer.

    • Wow, how do you type without eyes? The dog was restrained on an extremely short leash, and the woman knowingly and intentionally put her face there while ignoring all warning signs. And what do pit bulls have to do with mastiffs?

  24. That poor lady! What an unfortunate event, sad for both parties. I agree that the dog was trying to pull away almost the whole time. I’m always very weary of dogs or any animal for that matter and I would never ever stick my face that close to a dog’s mouth. My 6 year old daughter knows not to do that, especially if the dog is being held back by a leash, its owner, or anything. I’m not sure what Ms. Dyer was thinking, she got caught up in the moment, so sad how the interview was almost over and then that happens!!! So Sad!!!

    • Dog and human has what to do with it exactly? Because humans decided to declare themselves the superior species on earth that just makes it so? So I can just declare Riley that I’m superior to you and it makes it true because I said so? Well, there ya go, I declared it first so by your own reasoning it’s uncontestable. Riley is now inferior to me and anyone else who may wish to declare it so, and he’s not allowed to do anything about it.

  25. THAT dog was not at fault. Look at all the signs it gave before the bite. Wide open mouth panting. Lip smacking. Looking away but then having it’s face forced back. All the signs were there that he was NOT comfortable. Ms. Dyer did not know this dog and therefore should not have had her face that close to his. Plus this dog looks like he’s being kept back the whole time without any slack. He never had a chance to walk away. If he was on a longer leash he would have simply walked away because he is clearly uncomfortable (as most dogs would do). The handler is also anxiously rubbing his ear instead of being calm. All these are recipies for disaster. Another case where the dog is at fault when it’s really not the dog’s fault at all. It is the handler’s fault for not reading the signs AND Ms. Dyer should have known better than getting into the dog’s face like that. You don’t do that with ANY dog.

    I hope she recovers and I do wish her well but I hope that she does not blame the dog and I hope that Max will not be PTS over this.

    • Yeah… It does not matter what the dog was doing, it is a dog and we are humans. It is unacceptable for a dog being agressive in any manner towards us. It is the dogs fault and should be put down. I am an animal lover as well by the way.

    • Riley – As an animal lover you should know that animals should be treated with respect. They react on instinct. If a person gets bit because he is mishandling a dog it is not the dog’s fault and it should not be put down. I’m tired of people thinking we should destroy things because we’re human and we can. I feel badly for the reporter but she provoked the dog.

    • Nah, they won’t put the dog to sleep for this. No way. That would be wrong on all levels.

    • Riley, You’re an idiot.

    • riley what a do do

    • Natalie is 100% right. It’s a horrible thing that has happened to Kyle Dyer, no doubt, but what is even more terrible is that it could have been avoided. People need to be educated on how to approche dogs properly, and know the differences in their body language and energy. If we keep looking at them as humans with hair, insted of animals we respect, things like this will keep happening in the future. We need to make education about dog behaviour (sorry, Canadian) a priority. And this certainly would have happened with a small dog too, its not just the big guys. Dogs are all dogs, big or small, mastiff or yorkie.

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