9NEWS anchor Kyle Dyer injured during morning show

12:25 PM, Feb 9, 2012   |    comments
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Kyle was interviewing Max, an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff, his owner, and a firefighter, who rescued Max from an icy pond on Tuesdaywhen she was bitten in the face.

Firefighters, paramedics and animal control were immediately called to the station.

Kyle was taken to Denver Health Medical Center. The hospital says she has gone through reconstructive surgery for injuries she sustained from the bite.

Kyle says she wants everyone to know she is OK and is concerned about the viewers who were watching the incident live on TV.

Doug Kelley, the director of Denver Animal Care and Control, says Max's owner will be cited for three things: because the dog bit someone, for a leash-law violation because the owner did not have control of the dog at all times, and for not having Max vaccinated for rabies.

Kelley says Max is not showing signs of rabies.

According to Kelley, Max is being held at the Denver Animal Shelter and will be quarantined for 10 days per standard procedure. He says they will re-evaluate the situation on Feb. 18 or 19.

"Every animal, as long as it is able to be quarantined, is quarantined," Kelley said.

Kelley says any animal in quarantine is tested for rabies and is monitored for other illnesses. He says if there are not any extenuating circumstances, like prior incidents with the animal or a positive rabies test, the animal is generally released back to its owner.

Jefferson County Animal Control says the animal and the owner have not been cited in their jurisdiction before.

Max's owner will appear in court on April. 4.   

"The dog bite accident that happened today at 9NEWS was unfortunate and certainly not expected based on what we knew about the dog and his owner. Our goal was to unite the owner with the rescuer for a nice segment. We are all thinking of Kyle and her recovery," Vice President of News at 9NEWS Patti Dennis 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."

Patti says Kyle will be back at 9NEWS when she has recovered. 

Send Kyle your well-wishes by leaving a comment below or emailing webteam@9news.com. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated, and we will pass your messages along to Kyle.

You may also send cards and messages to:

9NEWS
c/o Kyle Dyer
500 Speer Blvd.
Denver, CO 80203

A note from Gary Shapiro:

I wanted to update everyone on Kyle's condition and relate some of my feelings about what happened this morning. I just spent some time with her, and she is doing incredibly well all things considered. Kyle had reconstructive surgery on her lip, after she was bit by the dog this morning on the air. Her recovery is going to take a while, but it is now underway. She wanted me to thank everyone who has called, sent emails, posted comments and sent well-wishes and prayers her way. Kyle is going to be OK, although she will be off the air for a while.

This morning we were doing a human interest segment, as we often do on the morning show. Tuesday, a firefighter risked his life to save a dog named Max who wondered out on an ice covered lake and fell in. We wanted to do an interview with the firefighter, who many consider a hero. Max and his owner were here too. Kyle was glad she got assigned to it, because she loves animals. Max and his owner spent about 45 minutes in the newsroom before they went on the air, and many members of the staff greeted them and petted Max. He seemed perfectly normal. During the interview Kyle petted him, and talked to the two guest. At the very end of the segment, Max snapped at Kyle for whatever reason and got some of her lip. The firefighter immediately started caring for Kyle in the newsroom and to us, became a hero for the second time. She was taken by ambulance to Denver Health Medical Center a short time later to be treated.

Kyle and I have been a team for 15 years, and I know her pretty well. I know she's a very loving person who deeply cares about people and animals. I know that she is a great journalist who loves happy stories - this was a happy story. And I know she is a loving mom and wife and wants to get back to that life as soon as possible. She's strong and she will recover. Please send your well wishes to the station if you want to, and we'll make sure she gets them. And from me, thanks to everyone for the positive thoughts and prayers.

Gary

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