DENVER — A television anchor who was bitten in the face by an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff during a live broadcast was released from a hospital on Thursday.
Kyle Dyer of KUSA-TV was bitten Wednesday while doing a story about the dog's rescue from an icy pond by a firefighter in suburban Lakewood.
Dyer was interviewing firefighter Tyler Sugaski and the dog's owner, Michael Robinson, when the dog, named Max, bit her on the face. Sugaski tended to Dyer in the studio until paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital.
According to Colorado's 9NEWS, Kyle was not able to talk due to her injuries but seemed to be in good spirits.Video: News anchor bitten in face by dog on live TV (on this page)
KUSA reported Thursday that Dyer was released from Denver Health Medical Center, where she had reconstructive surgery to her lip.
Robinson was cited with failure to have his dog on a leash — Max was off-leash when he fell into the pond — allowing his dog to bite, and failure to have a vaccinated dog. Robinson insisted that Max's vaccinations are up to date.
"Max is a gentle, loving, family dog," Robinson said. "This incident truly is unfortunate and does not reflect Max's disposition towards people."
"Our family and friends pray for a quick recovery and look forward to seeing Ms. Dyer back on-air soon," he said.
According to Jefferson County Animal Control, Max and his owner have not been previously cited in their jurisdiction. Robinson will appear in court on April. 4.
Max was impounded at the Denver Animal Shelter, where he was expected to be released back to his owner after a precautionary 10-day quarantine, said Doug Kelley, director of Denver Animal Care and Control.
"We're just checking where the dog has been to make sure there is no other (bite) history or anything else we need to know about," Kelley said.
TVSpy reported that in a story leading KUSA-TV's Thursday evening broadcast, Kelley said Max will “most likely” not be put down. The story emphasized that there were potentially stressful circumstances surrounding the bite, particularly Dyer getting close to Max when it was less than 24 hours since the dog had been rescued from icy waters.
"The dog bite accident that happened [Wednesday] at 9NEWS was unfortunate and certainly not expected based on what we knew about the dog and his owner," Patti Dennis, Vice President of News at 9NEWS, 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."
— The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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