Seven weeks after she was bitten on the face by a dog during a live segment, an anchor at NBC’s Denver affiliate returned to work on Monday.
Kyle Dyer was back at 9NEWS on KUSA after having two surgeries to repair her face when an 85-pound Argentine mastiff nearly severed her lips when biting her in a segment on Feb. 8. After having her upper lip repaired, Dyer is back in her old spot and was warmly welcomed back by her fellow anchors on Monday.
“I’m so grateful for everybody being so kind,’’ Dyer said on the broadcast. “Everyone has been so nice to me and my family when we’re out and about.’’
Dyer’s return to the air included well wishes from fans on the street as well as her fellow anchors. Dyer said she has heard from well-wishers all over the world, including many people who also were bitten by dogs.
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“I just really never knew that happened so often,’’ Dyer said. “Hopefully it’s raised a lot of awareness of just of being careful. It’s definitely raised my awareness about how awesome people are.’’Story: TV anchor got 70 stitches after on-air dog bite
An animal-lover, Dyer was doing a segment about Max, the Argentine mastiff, being rescued from an icy river when she leaned into nuzzle the dog. Max then viciously bit her on the face, and the stunning video of the incident went viral. It required two surgeries and 90 stitches to repair the damage. Dyer has a V-shaped scar on the top of her mouth and no longer has the “Cupid’s bow,’’ the natural curve in the upper lip.
In a Feb. 28 interview on TODAY, Dyer detailed how her surgeon was able to repair a piece of her upper lip that was bitten off by sewing her mouth together for two weeks.Story: TV anchor bitten by dog on air is ‘healing and moving on’
"It's really fascinating what they did," Dyer told Ann Curry. "They took my upper lip ... took a part of my lower lip and kind of flipped it up, and then they sewed my mouth together."
The dog spent 10 days in quarantine following the incident before being returned to its owners, the Robinson family. Dyer admitted to making a mistake by leaning in to the dog, telling Curry that “maybe I was too close; maybe he was unsettled.’’
“I am not pursuing any legal action against the Robinson family…never considered it,’’ Dyer wrote on her Facebook page, where she has 3,866 fans. “I’m focused on healing & getting back to work.’’
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