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KUSA anchor Kyle Dyer is recovering from reconstructive surgery after a dog bit her severely on the face during a live broadcast last week -- one prompting the Denver station to ask all other local media to keep video of the incident off the air and the Web.
The dog, an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff, had been saved after falling through ice on a pond, a dramatic rescue captured by KUSA's news helicopter. He bit Dyer Wednesday on the set during an on-air appearance at the NBC affiliate that morning.
News director Patti Dennis contacted every other Denver station, TVSpy says, "imploring them not to air footage of the bite." She said its airing would be traumatic to the station's staff. However, at least one, Fox affiliate KDVR, carried the video despite Dennis's request.
In an interview with KDVR, the dog's owner complained that a local shelter has been keeping the animal quarantined for rabies signs longer than necessary because of the high-profile nature of the case.
"Wheels are turning in the background that we don`t see,'' Michael Robinson told the station in a segment posted online today.
Related: Here's a YouTube version of dog-bite video.
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