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.
This morning, the 9News Facebook page read:
There was an incident during 9NEWS today. Kyle Dyer was bit in the face by a dog. She is getting medical attention due to the injury. As soon as we know the extent of Kyle's injury, we will update you on her condition.
Thankfully, 9News reports that Dyer is "currently in fair condition and is being evaluated by the trauma team. She is awake and visiting with family who asked that we thank the community for their immediate outpouring of support."
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The dog, its owner and the firefighter involved in the Smith Reservoir rescue Tuesday afternoon were in 9News studios with Dyer for a follow up report on the dramatic rescue, according to The Denver Post. In the video below, Dyer is seen kneeling on the floor petting the dog's neck and getting close to its face, when suddenly Max, perhaps still traumatized from the rescue, bares his teeth, lunges and bites Dyer's face.
Dyer underwent reconstructive surgery for injuries to her lip on Wednesday, her recovery is expected to take several weeks, Fox31 reports. Meanwhile, Max is being quarantined at Denver Animal Shelter for 10 days to be observed for any signs of rabies.
On the 9News Facebook page, viewers reacted to the bite with sympathy for Dyer's injury. Some expressed that it might have been too early to put the dog on television or that perhaps Dyer may have been too close to the dog's face and that his "reaction was out of trauma."
The 85-pound Argentine Mastiff is lucky to be alive after being rescued from the freezing cold waters of Smith Reservoir, Tuesday afternoon.
The 3-year-old dog was off-leash "doing his business," according to 9News when he saw a coyote running out of a bush. Max took after after the coyote and both Max and the coyote wound up on the ice of the Smith Reservoir.
Unfortunately for Max the ice didn't hold up and only seconds later both he and the coyote fell into the icy water around 5 p.m. as the sun was beginning to set. Max's owner Michael Robinson told 7News that the coyote went under the icy water and was not spotted again, however Max kept paddling and was able to stay afloat.
Max paddled for about 20 minutes before the West Metro Fire Department came to the rescue. As seen in the video above, firefighter Tyler Sugaski, in a special cold-water rescue suit and tethered by a rope, waded over to the water's edge until he finally broke through the ice and fell into the frigid water himself.
Sugaski, who had trained for this kind of scenario, but had never been faced with performing it in the real world, Fox31 reports, broke through the remainder of the ice with his arms and inched closer and closer to Max who began to paddle towards Sugaski. Sugaski told Fox31:
It was clear Max was slowing down. He knew the minute I got in it was safest to come towards me.
Once Sugaski had a good hold on Max, he and the dog were towed in via the tether line attached to Sugaski. Sugaski helped hoist Max onto more solid icy ground and after a few shakes Max ran toward another firefighter further up from the reservoir ice and simply sat down, taking a much deserved rest.
WATCH the dramatic dog rescue above and the bite below (WARNING BITE VIDEO IS GRAPHIC):