A Denver television anchor is in fair condition after reconstructive surgery. Kyle Dyer was bitten in the face by a dog while doing a live broadcast about a dog rescued by a firefighter.
Dyer was doing a follow-up interview on the rescue of Max, an 85-pound Argentine mastiff that fell into a lake on Tuesday while chasing a coyote in Lakewood. Firefighter Tyler Sugaski, who put on a wetsuit and rescued the dog, was also being interviewed when the attack occurred.
Dyer was kneeling on the floor of the set petting the dog when the dog bared its teeth, raised its head and bit her on the face. Dyer quickly moved away and the owner pulled his dog back.
The station posted a statement on its Facebook page that Dyer was "getting medical attention due to the injury" and the station was waiting to find out the extent of her injuries before issuing further information.
Denver Health issued a statement on Wednesday morning that Dyer was in fair condition in the Emergency Department and was being evaluated by the trauma team.
Kyle Dyer petting a rescued dog seconds before she was bitten.
The statement said she was awake and visiting with family who asked the hospital to thank the community for their immediate outpouring of support.
On Wednesday at 4 p.m. the hospital issued a second statement that Dyer had reconstructive surgery to repair the injuries sustained from the dog bite. At the time, they said she remained in fair condition.
Dyer said she wanted viewers to know she is OK.
Dog Owner Cited
Max is under quarantine and will be for 10 days, according to Denver Animal Control.
Max's owner was cited for the dog bite, for a leash law violation for not controlling the dog and for not having an updated rabies vaccination, officials said.
Televised Dog Rescue
The dog's owner Michael Robinson told 7NEWS his 3½-year-old Dogo Argentino named Gladiator Maximus ("Max" for short) chased a coyote across the reservoir and both fell into the icy water about 5 p.m.
Robinson said Max outlasted the coyote as they tread water in the icy lake. The coyote went under but Max kept paddling to stay afloat.
West Metro firefighters arrived and one of them suited up in a special protective cold-water rescue suit and crawled on the ice to the center of the reservoir where Max was struggling in a small open area of water.
After the firefighter grabbed the dog, the two were pulled to safety by other firefighters.
"It was a tense moment for me," Robinson told 7NEWS.
Onlookers didn't know how long Max would last in the frigid water.
"He'd been in the water for 20 minutes just swimmin', swimmin' and he still had the energy -- forget the energy to walk, just the fact that he was still alive when they got there ... then to walk all the way back across the lake and up the bank, down the other side to get into the paramedic van," Robinson said.
Robinson said Max acted like the rescue was no big deal.
"He walks off, looks back at the diver, almost like a thank you. He stands there and looks to see where I'm at and walks right on off into the wild blue," Robinson said.
Lakewood police said the dog has no prior history of attacks. The dog and his owner live in Lakewood. Police added they too are looking at possibly issuing a citation to Robinson for violation of the leash law and not having a dog license.
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