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Image: KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer returns to work
Kyle Dyer was back at Denver's 9NEWS on KUSA Monday.   /  KUSA-TV
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updated 4/2/2012 4:42:33 PM ET 2012-04-02T20:42:33

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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Video: Anchor bitten by dog on air recovers

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    >> now to the latest of a recovery of a popular news anchor from kusa. she was bitten by a dog live on the air. we'll talk to kyle dyer in a moment. first a look back at the morning she describes as life-changing. it was the kind of feel-good story kyle dyer looked forward to sharing with viewers.

    >> a critical moment but we got him home safely.

    >> reporter: kusa cameras caught the dog being saved by a local firefighter.

    >> we put a blanket on him and he was good to go.

    >> reporter: with everyone re reunited on the set.

    >> he's excited.

    >> the interview was going great. everybody was thrilled. the dog was happy, wagging his tail.

    >> reporter: as kyle was wrapping up.

    >> have a great weekend.

    >> reporter: the segment took a turn when she leaned in to say good-bye to max, the 85 pound argentine mastiff .

    >> it was a bite and a little bark. i moved back. i knew i had been bit.

    >> reporter: nbc news is not showing the bite.

    >> i felt the blood and i felt my mouth opening up. it was severe. my doctors say it was major surgery.

    >> reporter: before kyle was out of the o.r., the video went viral. kyle was frantic to reach the girls in school.

    >> he wanted to let them know mom would be okay before they saw it.

    >> reporter: seconds before she was attacked, the anchor known for her segments about zoo animals was within inches of the dog's face.

    >> whether it's conscious or unconscious provocation, still, she created that incident by coming too close to the dog's face and created a dangerous situation.

    >> reporter: kyle needed two surgeries that required 90 stitches. her mouth was even sewn shut for a time. she kept a positive outlook.

    >> it could have been worse. it could have been my cheek, my nose, eye, throat.

    >> reporter: max was quarantined for ten days and released to his owner, no charges filed. meanwhile kyle is getting stronger, spending time at home with family.

    >> the letters are amazing.

    >> reporter: grateful for the support.

    >> i love the cards from the kids.

    >> reporter: for a moment in her career that changed her life forever.

    >> this has been such a really positive experience for me. just the way people have made me feel loved. i know everything will be okay. i'll be back.

    >> kyle joins us now for her first television interview since she was bitten.

    >> good morning, ann.

    >> you look remarkable. i saw when you were initially bit that he got you on the nose a little bit. you can't tell.

    >> you can't even see on my nose now. he got on the outside and inside of my nose as well.

    >> on the lip, what are doctors telling you? it looks swollen. it's been less than three weeks.

    >> three weeks tomorrow. everyone says some day there may not be anything there at all. it's fascinating what they did. this whole area was gone. my doctor took part of my lower lift, flipped it up and sewed my mouth together. then the cells regenerated. it worked.

    >> what are they saying in terms of how long before you go back, what it may look like when it's healed?

    >> they don't know. the way the body heals, the doctor doesn't know what it will look like. so far, every day it looks better.

    >> and you mentioned earlier before we started the interview you're missing the cupid's bow, but you said it could be back.

    >> that could be the next surgery down the road. it could be six months at least. in the meantime i'll lip liner well. i didn't put it on today so you could see. but i'll get good at that.

    >> you have a sense of humor.

    >> it was a bad morning but in the hands of my family and friends i have never been freaked out, worried or scared. i knew it would work out. i see the dog on tv and the dog served his time as ordered and he's back with his family. we are all moving on.

    >> you say being somebody on television you didn't wonder, oh, my gosh, have i been permanently disfigured in a way i can't be on television again?

    >> it sounds weird, but no. i didn't think about that. i just knew i was in god's hands and i was going to be okay.

    >> you had to think about the moment when you got close. did you make a mistake?

    >> what do you think? yeah. i got too close. i think everybody has learned what to do around dogs. i have received so many letters from people who were bit by their own dogs. i never knew that many people got bit by dogs. i thought i was a dog person. i have lived with dogs all my life. i thought that dog seemed to love my nails and my rubbing. you don't know. they're animals. it was a freak accident . it was just a perfect storm . me too close. maybe he was unsettled. we think we know what dogs are saying, but we don't know.

    >> in sam ways this has been a positive experience? it's hard to believe that.

    >> it has.

    >> in what way?

    >> i have received so many letters, e-mails from people saying, we love you, you're beautiful inside and out. we can't wait to see you back. my family is wonderful. i have had down time with my family. it's been very reflective and i feel a lot of love.

    >> good.

    >> thanks for having me.

    >> thank you so much. keep healing.


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