Denver TV anchor bitten by rescued dog
All in all, it has been a rough few days for Gladiator Max, an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff in Colorado — but maybe rougher yet for Denver TV news anchor Kyle Dyer, who Max bit during a Wednesday interview about the dog’s icy rescue.
Dyer was interviewing the dog, his owner, and the firefighter who rescued him from an icy pond Tuesday — all of whom had been invited to the offices of 9 News in Denver. Max had shown no aggression — not during the rescue and not during the studio interview.
But when Dyer got too close, Max bit her in the face. She was taken to Denver Health Medical Center, where she was listed in fair condition, according to 9NEWS.
The incident aired live, but the station is not reshowing video of the bite.
Doug Kelley, the director of Denver Animal Care and Control, said Max’s owner will be cited — for the bite, for the leash law violation, and for not having Max vaccinated against rabies.
The dog is being held at the Denver Animal Shelter and will be quarantined for 10 days, according to Kelley.
The studio interview was for a follow up story on Max’s rescue Tuesday evening. Max chased a coyote onto the ice of Smith Reservoir and fell through, according to 9 News in its initial report.
The dog spent 20 minutes in the freezing water before firefighters arrived. Firefighter Tyler Sugaski fell through the ice on his way to Max, swimming the rest of the way to grab him.
“The dog recognized right off that I was there to help, so he came towards me,” Sugaski recalled.
Other than some scrapes from the ice, the dog appeared fine and was taken into an ambulance to be warmed up.
“He’s just a rock solid dog,” said his owner, Michael Robinson.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 9th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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