Dog bites anchor during live newscast

11:47 PM, Feb 8, 2012   |    comments
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KUSA-TV's Kyle Dyer (right) interviewing the owner of a dog rescued from an icy pond. The dog bit Dyer moments later.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- An anchor from our Denver sister station, KUSA, is recovering after being attacked by a dog on live TV.

Kyle Dyer was interviewing the dog's owner, and the man who rescued the dog from an icy pond when she leaned into the dog.

Dr. Karyl Ropko, a Grand Rapids veterinarian who does the "Pet Peeves" segment on WZZM 13 News at Noon, says the dog was trying to warn Dyer.

"If you get too close to them, and get too far into their personal space, the only way they have to react is bark or bite," says Ropko, who operates Northeast Kat & Dog Hospital on Michigan St. NE

The anchor was taken to a nearby hospital for reconstructive surgery.

The dog's owner will be cited for violating a leash law, and not vaccinating it for rabies. Animal control officers say the dog will be quarantined for ten days, then evaluated.

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