Kyle Dyer, a Denver morning television anchor at KUSA-TV, was bitten in the lips and nose by an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff during a live broadcast on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. The anchor wrote on her Facebook page the following weekend that she was unable to talk because her mouth was stitched shut in a 4-hour procedure to let a skin graft take and circulate blood through her lips again.
At the time, the dog’s owner and a firefighter were being interviewed after the Argentine Mastiff was rescued from an icy pond in suburban Lakewood the day before. Dyer was petting the dog’s head seconds before it bit her. As you can see in the video, the dog has its tongue out and seems calm right before the attack.
A lot of criticism has risen over the incident. One commenter even writes, “She shouldn’t have put her face right in front of a dog’s, especially since she is a stranger. That is a sign of challenging the dog. She should have known better.”
Regardless, California law (similar to many other states) specifically states that dog owners are responsible for their dog’s actions. Another commenter, who states that she is a rescue worker, writes, “I love my rescue dogs, but if my dogs did this, I’d put them down.”
If you or someone you know has been severely injured after being bitten by a dog, contact the California dog bite injury attorneys at the Jurewitz Law Group. Dog owners are strictly liable for their dog’s aggressive behavior, and we believe you shouldn’t have to pay the price. Let us get you the compensation you need to cover your injuries. Call our San Diego personal injury office toll-free at 1-888-233-5020.
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