Update: Anchor's Mouth Stitched Shut After Dog Bit Face on Live TV + Fate of Dog
A week ago we brought you the story of the heroic rescue of a dog who had fallen into an icy reservoir . It had all the makings of the kind of feel-good post we love to give you, from the brave firefighter to the dog who would recover.
The story turned bad, though, when the dog who was rescued bit the face of TV anchor Kyle Dyer the next morning when she hosted him on the news. She put her face close to the dog to give him a kiss, and he didn't like it. The result: He was taken to animal control for observation and/or quarantine (he was not up-to-date on shots) and she was rushed to the hospital. That's where we left the story.
We just got word of a couple of updates. The dog has been released to his owner, and will not face serious consequences. His owner will face charges of having his dog off-leash (the lake incident) and allowing the dog to bite (the TV incident).
For what it's worth, I don't think he "allowed" the dog to bite. The dog was seemingly under control until the woman put her face next to his to kiss him and the owner immediately pulled the dog off when he realized what had happened. It will be interesting to see how that charge fares in court.
Sadly, Dyer is going through a very hard recovery. She needed four hours of surgery, with 70 stitches to her mouth and nose. Her mouth is stitched shut so the skin graft can take and to get blood circulating in the area again.
She wrote on her Facebook page that she looks forward to going back to work, and that she's grateful for the caring messages from her fans.
I cant say thank you enough for all of your notes and prayers of encouragement and love, Dyer wrote. They give me great strength, which along with my faith, will see me through a successful recovery! Love, Kyle
I wish her a speedy recovery and hope she is back at work as soon as she wants to be. It must be awful going through this.
I wonder: Are you surprised that the dog did not come close to being euthanized? In some places it would have been given a lethal injection very quickly. Do you think the law realized that this is just what happens when you get right up in the face of some dogs? I'm surprised there don't seem to be any sanctions at all, like demanding the dog be muzzled in public.
How about you? Are you relieved for the dog? Would you trust him if you came up to him, or do you know better than to just get that friendly that fast?