TODAY | February 09, 2012
>>> a popular news anchor in denver , colorado is recovering from reconstructive surgery this morning after she was bitten by a dog live on the air. it all started as a feel-good story about a dramatic ice rescue . nbc's kristen dahlgren has the details. kristen , good morning to you.
>> good morning, matt. yeah, kyle dyer seemed to be excited about the interview. enjoying petting the dog as she talked to his owner and then things turned. it started as a feel-good story. a dog who fell through the ice rescued in dramatic fashion. there was the heroic firefighter.
>> can't write it any better. he recognized that he was going towards safety. and once we got him out, he was friendly and happy to be in a warmer place.
>> the ecstatic owner.
>> i'm beyond happy. our family member, he's like a son in a sense. he's a rock-solid dog.
>> but when the 8 5-pound mastiff called max joined the morning show to share the story. things went terribly wrong. shortly after anchor kyle dyer knelt on the floor, petting max, the huge dog lunged and bit her. the anchor was rushed to the hospital and animal control was called. video of the bite went viral, but kusa fought to get it off the internet. adding the incident was traumatizing for staffers. nbc news is not showing video of the bite. now 3-year-old max is being quarantined at a denver animal shelter for ten days. his owner, michael robinson , has been cited for failure to have his dog on a leash, allowing a dog to bite and failure to have a vaccinated dog. dyer is known for a weekly feature spotlighting animals, at the denver zoo . wednesday, she was operated on by surgeons.
>> kyle went through reconstructive surgery and i think that from what i heard, the surgeon was pleased with the outcome of the surgery.
>> in the moments before she was bitten. dyer's face was several inches from the dog's mouth.
>> basically she did everything wrong. she went up to a dog she didn't know, who didn't know her and she either tried to kiss him, hug him on put her face much too close to his face, he felt threatened and bit her.
>> a story that was supposed to have a very different ending. leaving a popular anchor recovering and the once-rescued dog now at an animal shelter .
>> now dyer is expected back here at work within a few weeks. max's owner had no comment. but animal control said it's investigating and has found no evidence of any previous bites, so it's likely that max will go home. and the station says it plans to rewrite policies when it comes to interacting with animals. but matt pointed out it does not plan to stop doing animal stories .
>> we just hope she's okay, kristen dahlgren out in denver , thanks very much.