Skip to comments.Rescued Dog Bites (Denver) TV Anchor During Broadcast (Story and Video)
Posted on 02/08/2012 5:36:55 PM PST by beaversmom
85-pound Argentine mastiff dog dramatically rescued a day earlier from an icy lake was impounded Wednesday after viciously biting a Denver television news anchor on her face during a live in-studio segment.
Kyle Dyer was conducting an interview on the rescue of Gladiator Maximus, also known as Max, after the dog fell into a frigid Lakewood lake Tuesday while chasing a coyote. The live segment was aimed at reuniting firefighter Tyler Sugaski, who rescued the animal, and Michael Robinson, the dog's owner.
According to KUSA-TV ( http://on9news.tv/wOefIb ), firefighters, paramedics and animal control were called to the station after the attack.
The station later showed video of Dyer petting the dog, but stopped before the attack occurred and said they would not rebroadcast it. Other video posted online showed the dog lunging at Dyer and viciously biting her face.
Meghan Hughes, spokeswoman for the Denver Environmental Health department, said Robinson, 39, of Lakewood was cited with failure to have his dog on a leash, allowing a dog to bite and failure to have a vaccinated dog.
Hughes said the dog is being quarantined until a judge can hold a hearing on the charges and rule on the dog's fate.
Robinson did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Julie Lonborg, spokeswoman for Denver Health hospital, said in a statement that Dyer was in fair condition and being evaluated by a trauma team. The hospital said she was awake and visiting with family.
KUSA news director Patti Dennis said Dyer was doing well after reconstructive surgery on her lip.
"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," Dennis wrote on the station's Facebook page. "Our goal was to unite the owner with the...
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I don’t care WHO the dog is...you do NOT stick your face in its face!!! Stupid, stupid human. I wouldn’t even get as close as she did, after the dog had been through the trauma of the day(s) before. I made that mistake once too. SAME thing happened, only to my hand. I STILL LOVE DOGS WITH A PASSION but you don’t enter their space like that. It’s HER fault. She was ignorant to that fact, but that doesn’t change anything.
She stuck her face right in the dog’s face. Not smart. She didn’t even know the dog.
What a totally dumb thing to do.
Shoot, she invited the dog to play with her like another dog !
Retards. The dog will lose
I know. I wonder if that dog will end up getting put to sleep for biting her. I bet the owner wishes he never went on the news that day.
Gee, you say that like its a bad thing.
Exactly! God knows I’ve had the “must love my dog”-type girlfriends where they INSIST the dog doesn’t bite and they try to bite afterwards. Just like the animal expert they brought in, petting a new dog is like hugging a total stranger...the stranger will think you are a fag/perv and you will get your ass kicked which is what happened.
Big mistake. Dog doesn’t know her, and she has her hands all over his muzzle, just really over doing it with the petting. Around a dogs mouth is very sensitive and I think he was saying enough already. I wouldn’t even call it a viscous attack. But a big heavy dog like that, a jab like that would be like getting punched. I’m sorry for her but you should always keep your distance from a strange dog.
"I see you've met Sluggo".
Judge will most likely have it euthanized. Liberals love to kill animals. On a couple of those animal cop shows, instead of adopting a dog out, they tie a rubber glove on a board and shove it against the dog’s face until it snaps while eating from a bowl. Then they announce they are going to euthanize it because it can’t be trusted “around children”.
Oh come on, people. Yes, it’s not smart, but you all act as if EVERY dog will snap at anyone who’s that close, and of course, thus, it’s not the dog’s fault and it’s all kosher. Never mind scores of dogs won’t do such a thing. Some dogs just have better temperament than others. This dog does not - not surprising, considering its type.
I don’t care who you are, you DO NOT stick your face in front of an Argentinian Dogo dog! That was just a little friendly nip. I have a little cat that does that.
I’ve been in a “bad dog” training course for folks like utility meter readers and such. The lady running the course raised a champion German shepherd attack dog, Bulli Ray. This gal once survived an attack by three Rottweilers at a dog farm because she knows dogs and doesn’t take crap from nobody.
They would bring a couple dogs like a Belgian Malinois and a Rottweiler and let them chomp on a member of the audience who was wearing the heavy bite-proof gear. They did not let anyone get near the Dogo, no way, nowhow. Big, dumb-looking white dog with all the patience in the world. Until you turn your back. I think they are the go-to dog where pit bulls are banned and folks want a tougher dog. They were bred to hunt things like wild boar and jaguars (and eat them for lunch). If you see a fairly big short-haired white dog (with chest muscles like Arnold in his heyday), think about going the other way, but do not turn your back.
They were breed from Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhound, Pointer, Great Dane, Dogue de Bordeaux, Boxer, Spanish Mastiff, Bulldog, Bull Terrier and the (now extinct) Cordoba fighting dog.
It’s corrective action by the dog. Everything was going fine until the lady got the date of Valentine’s Day wrong. Bad lady! Valentine’s Day is February 14’th.
I was helping set up a final day picnic for my kids' school last year. A man came to the park with a big, muscular dog. I think he said it was an American Bulldog. He was massive. Huge head. Extremely muscular. I did pet the dog quite a bit and talked with the owner, but I was a little nervous because you could feel and see the power in the dog. Seemed like a nice dog, but I wouldn't want to cross him or get in his face and wish him a Happy Valentine's.
Maybe he’s sensitive about Valentine’s Day?
Probably a dumbass Obama voter.
Even my laid back pet house cat will attack any entity, human or animal, she perceives to be an irritant in her established environment.
Just as children are not small adults, pet animals are not “people”.
You’re right and an alarming number of people have no idea how to interact with dogs or how to read dog body language. I can’t tell you how many people rush up to my large dog and get right in her face, or worse still allow their small children to do it. Luckily she is an easy going golden retriever who is very unlikely to bite, but they should never assume that. I always correct children when they do that. I don’t care if their parents are offended and I’m nice about it. If I keep one child from getting bitten down the road it will have been worth it. And by the same token I always praise the ones who ask first and tell them how smart they are to always ask first since not all dogs like to be petted by strangers.
Does anyone know if Max has had a legal defense fund established. Can I donate?
Really! People need to be taught “dog language”, and respect their warning signs.
Go back and watch the first linked video. Watch the dog’s tongue, and see how often he “lip licks”. That is a signal that he is stressed, probably because she is not petting him properly.
First of all, never excessively pet an dog who does not know you. It makes them very anxious. Let them smell your hand, and stand sideways to them, letting them sniff your shows, pants, back of your hand, etc - without making eye-contact. Never confront them “face to muzzle”. If you know the dog is stressed or uneasy, give a big yawn, and then lick your lips. This is a calming signal to them.
Then, respect them, and wait for them to “ask you” for a pet. If they don’t ask, leave them alone. They are not ready to trust you yet, particularly if they have been in a stressful situation.
Any parents reading here, teach your children how to “read dog language”. It isn’t hard, because they are kids, and already know how to read the language of other kids on the playground.
I have a little Havanese, who is quite easy-going, but somewhat shy. You would not believe how many people will bend down, looming over his 12 pounds of cuteness, and try to pat him on the top of his head, and they have no idea how lucky they are that he isn’t a fear-biter.
Why is it so hard for people to comprehend that dogs do not like to be aggressively petted, particularly in their sensitive areas? You have to earn their trust before having that privilege.
I’m not sure why the owner didn’t ask her to back off tho.
Well of course. However, still, not all dogs will snap the way this dog actually did, over what was actually done. Period. Many dogs (not to mention cats) will simply “flight”/”avoid” response and back away if they are uncomfortable. And many, also, will give a “warning” as even Cesar would say. I noticed no real warning from this dog; he looked to be enjoying the previous handling. It just suddenly happened. The dog is most likely relatively unstable.
Was she dumb? Yes. Did she “deserve” it? No. Was the dog out of line? Yes. The only good thing was that it was “only” a snap, and not a continuous relentless attack or hold.
You really have to not be thinking to stick your face right up to a dog that’s been recently traumatized by an attack. You just don’t do that. That she’s been living as long as she has been and has never learned that fact, amazes me.
I have only ever done that to dogs that know me very, very well, and that I can read and know their history. And I probably would not even do that to one that was a pit bully-type dog, even if they were always nice to me.
I’m sure you’re not suggesting it’s okay to get into the face of a strange GSD.
Because believe me there are just as many people feel the way about the GSD
and with just as good reason as you feel about this dogs “type”.
AmericanInToyko & Pinkbell - sooo true!
max americana - exACTly!!!
onona - so sad, but you are right - dogs ALWAYS seem to be on the losing end of human stupidity! arrrgh!!!
Our comments really are much more centered around the human’s stupidity, rather than the dog’s “temperment” - we’re just saying it’s not a good thing to mess with a stranger’s face (human OR canine) and that the odds, when doing this, are NOT going to be in your favor.
If you watch more closely, you’ll see her move down with her face into the dog’s —that is NOT a move dogs do to each other without recourse. THEY respect each other’s space. Cesar would NEVER to that-—ESPECIALLY to a dog that just had a major trauma happen and might still be on alert to any weird movement or irregularity. It is totally her fault. I had it happen to me with my hand - I was reaching up to comfort the dog by petting his head - I’m lucky to HAVE my hand. I had that happen, and I STILL believe it was her AND MY fault.
But sluggo has no thumbs..
Another example of a similar mistake...
They try to explain it, or excuse it, as a trained reaction
but imho it is an instinctive reaction.
And who can forget Barney...
You cite the sole sensible reason to leave the seat down.
Should have left the dog on the ice.
I was saying the same thing to my husband this morning. He wasn't showing his teeth until the mili-second before he bit her. I'm no Cesar Milan. Maybe he would have recognized the signs, but I don't think I would have seen it coming. I don't believe I would have gotten in the dog's face either.
That's a VERY important test in an animal adoption, especially if there will be children around. Food aggression is something that can almost guarantee a bite response, and not all dogs have this response. While food aggressive dogs can be placed, it's only with certain people willing to take the chance. For a pet adoption service, placing a food aggressive dog is almost a guarantee of a law suit.
Common sense dictates that you don’t challenge a dog by sticking your face against its face, unless it’s yours and yo know it well. Not all dogs are totally non-aggressive like a beagle. It doesn’t mean they need to be put to death, they just need control. I remember the old cowboy’s saying my grandfather used “be careful behind a horse or mule, in front of a bull and anywhere around a damned idiot”. The idiot human is dangerous to everyone including himself.
As a young adult, I had a rented duplex that was a block from the neighborhood redneck bar. I had a 6-ft privacy fence with a locked gate around the backyard that my doberman roamed in (and he was the old type, not the show type). One night I heard what I thought were the obvious sounds of a dogfight, went out the back door, and he had a drunk guy about fifty years old who had tried the gate, climbed over the fence, the guy got thirty plus stitches and a newfound respect for a 90 pound dog. To this day, I have no idea what the guy thought he was doing or where he thought he was going. Ended up going to the hospital, I ended up paying the bill to avoid a lawsuit, even though I had the gate locked, etc. This dog was one of those who was everyone’s friend unless they were fighting, or you left him alone in an enclosed space. If you left him in a house, yard, or car, he thought it was his sacred duty to protect it to the end, but you could turn him loose at a party with 300 people and they’d all pet him. Let a fight break out and he’d put a stop to it in a hurry.
Just read this on FR:
Before fatal crash, wrong-way driver screamed: 'You guys ready to die?
Sounds like a typical Saturday night with Nick Nolte...
Especially if you own a breed with a beard.... :)
Of course not. I never said it was wise - I said it is unwise for ANY dog. But that doesn’t mean every dog will automatically lash out at dumb people.
I’m very aware of feelings about GS, and about their problems, but my personal views on dog types still stand. I have never pretended to be a fan of all dog types, or trusting of all dog types. I call them as I see them.
“that is NOT a move dogs do to each other without recourse.”
Actually they do all the time. If they come in and smell/lick the lips of 1, that is submission to that animal. The dominant (or at least recipient) animal accepts that, unless he really has a problem with that individual.
“You cite the sole sensible reason to leave the seat down.”
Really? Only 1? Have you ever dropped anything in the toilet? It’s bound to happen, whether from your person or the nearby sink/counter.
Actually many people are unaware of horse’s rears. It is not really common sense.
But comparing yard/property guardianship to intimate proximity doesn’t fly. Pretty much everyone is aware it’s dumb to walk into a dog’s property, and indeed dogs guarding what’s theirs is perfectly natural and acceptable. Likewise, everyone - including dog “lovers” - tends to do the kootchie-koo thing even with strange dogs. Just spend some time at PetStupid.
HOW ABSOLUTELY AWFUL AND EVIL OF YOU.
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