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Rescued Dog Bites News Anchor On Live TV

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Max, a 3-year-old Argentine Mastiff, fresh off his rescue from the icy waters of Smith Reservoir, has bit veteran KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer on the face during a segment being filmed at at 9News studios this morning.

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Lindsey W (234)
Friday February 10, 2012, 2:20 pm
I just wanted to share this because this is NOT the dog's fault. He was just rescued from a freezing lake and should not of been in a studio with bright lights and noises. Rule #1....NEVER PUT YOUR FACE THAT CLOSE TO A BIG DOG! That is just common sense. I feel awful for the woman but the dog should not be punished for this!

Maggie S (40)
Friday February 10, 2012, 2:40 pm
I saw this on the news, and I saw the incident. She tried to kiss the dog! An animal behaviorist was watching and said the dog was stressed from the beginning - moving his head around and licking his lips.He was traumatized from the rescue the previous day and then had to endure the show. YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT YOUR FACE CLOSE TO ANY DOG - NOT JUST A BIG ONE - ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU DO NOT KNOW THE DOG!

The dog was placed in quarantine at the Denver Dumb Friends League because his owner could not produce his rabies vaccination papers. He has since done so, and the dog is to be, probably has been, released. The owner was sited for a dog bit and not having the dog on a leash. Good thing he had a hold on his collar and NOT on a leash, or the dog might have had enough room to take Kyle Dyer's head off. Kyle Dyer is not my faborite anchor, she does not seem the bright, BUT, she really really loves animals and got carried away. The station needs to set ground rules for these animal/people animals and educate their anchors. I will bet the Kyle Dyer could do that education after this incident.

Nancy Roussy (79)
Friday February 10, 2012, 2:41 pm
And again an animal pays for the stupidity of a human being! I am a moron, I never studied in animal science or anything like that and I never had a dog expert explain to me dog behaviors but despite all this I know that you can't just put your face in the face of a dog that you don't know and I know the signs of a dog that is scared or/and aggressive or/and not sure! That poor dogs had been through a traumatic experience then he was thrown in an unknown place with lights and lots of strange new people and to top it off he had one of these strange new people right next to him touching him and put her face right in his face; he was scared and he reacted normally for a dog but now he will pay probably with his life for the stupidity of a stupid journalist!

Sarah G (109)
Friday February 10, 2012, 3:40 pm
It is outrageous to blame the poor dog for this. He had been through a frightening experience which nearly cost him his life, then was placed in another extremely stressful situation. If this woman has an ounce of decency, she will speak out in this dog's defence; this entire situation is her fault.

Alison A (244)
Friday February 10, 2012, 4:39 pm
We could not see her eyes from this angle, but I believe that eye contact is quite important with dogs, he may have seen something that we couldn't.

Bright lights, big audience, a lot of recent attention, trauma from his experience and strange person in his face are all factors in this.

It says that he is in quarantine for 10 days to observe him for possible rabies, it doesn't mention whether he will be held responsible for these actions, I hope that his life hasn't been saved just for him to be put down.

Maggie S (40)
Friday February 10, 2012, 5:08 pm
NO - he is being released! They fond his vaccinaion records. The entire incident was becasue of his stress and she was foolishg to get in his face. There was no audience in the studio, but, it was early AM and he had been held in the back of the studio for over and hour, and then brought onto the TV stage. Eye contact with the dog would not have made a difference. He was agitated, head back and for and licking his lips. An animal behaviorist who saw the whole thing agreed he should not have been put in this situation.

Maggie S (40)
Friday February 10, 2012, 5:11 pm
The last report was that the producer will review how these interviews are handled to make it better for the animal and safer for the people. This was a terrible incident, but, as we all have commented, it was the stupidity of the humans - the animal was only reacting to his environment. He will be find, but, the owner will probably have to pay a hefty fine for several violations like n ot having him on a leash although he was holding onto the collar - very stupid penalty. Just get this guy home and be done with Channel 9 News in Denver!

Maggie S (40)
Friday February 10, 2012, 5:14 pm
One last observation many many people made - why was the owner walking a dog off leash in a park where there was a pond with a think cover of ice! This is not uncommon, and, many dogs have had to be rescued after falling through. This dog chased a bunch of geese out onto the ice. They said on the news that the owner could have been ticketed for a dog off leash in this park, but, they though that had nailed him enough. I would have ticketed him for that but not for being off leash in the studio.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 10, 2012, 6:25 pm
I couldn't watch the video to sad for the dog.

Debbie Hogan (115)
Friday February 10, 2012, 6:48 pm
Human stupidity. Glad the dog's gone home.Hopefully that silly anchor woman, the dog's guardian and all others involved have learned something from this very unfortunate, preventable incident.

Toni C (508)
Friday February 10, 2012, 7:36 pm
Noted and thanks, Lindsey, for the article. I watxhed the video when this story first broke, and I will swear it was not the dog's fault. What was that commentator thinking to put her face right down there in the dog's face like she was going to kiss it? Thank goodness the dog just has to go into quarantine for ten days, then will be released back to his master... it definitely wasn't his fault... he's the one who felt threatened!

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 12:16 am
So, he couldn't take any more.

They should have known better than get him that stressed.

penny C (83)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 5:50 am
This was the stupid anchors fault.What an idiot:(

Lisa N (207)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 7:18 am
Couldn't agree more Lindsey, saw this yesterday & thought the same thing. You just don't do that with a dog your not familiar with. Even though she meant well, it just wasn't a very smart thing to do.

DORIS L (61)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 9:57 am
POOR MAX! I'm glad he's back home. Humans can be incredibly stupid sometimes.

Erika M (0)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 11:28 am
I'm glad for Max that he was rescued, I feel bad for the coyote that didn't make it. A BIG thank you to the guy who got in the frigid waters and saved Max.

Ruth C (87)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 12:44 pm
Don't ever get that close to a dog's face that you are not familiar with!

Ingrid A (524)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 1:24 pm
Agreeing with you Lindsey. Its noted. Thank you.

Nicole W (646)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 4:10 pm
anchor did not read the warning signs, Max was stressed and she just kept on him so he "told" her to back off

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 4:43 pm
how sad the dog suffers for the ignorance of humans that are supposed to protect the very life they end up putting in jepordy..
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Kim O (396)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 4:57 pm
Ditto Lindsey!!! I hope the poor dog wasn't punished for this stoooopid woman's actions!! What a blockhead.

Tracey Closs (0)
Saturday February 11, 2012, 8:07 pm
Nancy! You're not a moron! I'm sure you could easily see max was flipping out! I'm no behaviorist, but I certainly saw his body language. I'm a dog owner and lover, so I speak " dog" I know when they are happy, sad, stressed etc. How did Kyle not see it? Stupid move, but I'm glad she's ok and that cooler heads prevailed with max. He's prolly already home with his daddy

Danuta W (1250)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 2:28 am
stress for the dog in the television studio, the dog is not a toy.

KS G (0)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 5:24 am
Thanks for the article.

Laurie Greenberg (11)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 5:40 am
This woman was using that dog, but she wasn't using her brain!

colleen p (38)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 5:57 am
ancor person does not speek dog.

hurrdurrrrrrrrr. chomp chomp.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 7:18 am
Sorry about the coyote, seemed happy with the rescuer, the reporter shouldn't be there.

Waltraud U (85)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 8:47 am
TV ist not fitting for dogacts.
What should they do there ?
But ... reporters and showtimepeople want to know it better - or not ? - because of ..... THE MONEY - HUGH

Thank you !

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 10:40 am
it was not the dog faul. poor doggie.

Daniel P (179)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 10:45 am
Most unfortunate, but she shouldn't have gotten in the dogs face after such a tramatic event!

LaurenBackSoon K (173)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 11:59 am
Deffinately NOT the dogs fault. She should have know better. What is wrong with some people? Thanks for sharing.

colleen p (38)
Monday February 13, 2012, 9:35 am
Waltraud U.

what do you mean "dog acts"? this wasn't a preforming dog. the dog was rescued out of the water. or should we use dolls and puppets, like when kids are asked "where did the bad person touch you and how?"

Veronica C (22)
Sunday February 19, 2012, 11:24 am
I really wish this hadn't happened because it will be used against the dog, and the breed now.
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