Dyer was shown petting the dog during the segment, then kneeling on the floor to get closer, when the dog bit her in the face. Paramedics and animal control were called to the studio. Dyer was rushed to a Denver hospital where she had reconstructive surgery overnight.
Animal experts say it was Dyer who was really at fault.
“The dog was trying to tell her, ‘I am going to bite you,'” Colleen Safford, a prominent New York-based dog trainer, told Yahoo News. “Dogs ‘talk’ to us with their body with each and every interaction. This dog was repeatedly ‘telling’ the anchor that she was making him uncomfortable and if she didn’t stop, he would bite.”
“Basically, she did everything wrong,” Ron Berman, a canine behavior specialist, told NBC. “She went up to a dog she didn’t know–who didn’t know her–and she either tried to kiss him or hug him or put her face too close to his face. He felt threatened and bit her.”