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AMVA offers tips for dog bite prevention after TV anchor is bitten during live broadcast

AMVA offers tips for dog bite prevention after TV anchor is bitten during live broadcast

by Susan Wyatt

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KING5.com

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 15 at 12:00 PM

A television anchor who was bitten in the face by an 85-pound Argentine Mastiff during a live broadcast last week needed 70 stitches in her face.

Kyle Dyer of KUSA-TV was while doing a story about the dog's rescue from an icy pond by a firefighter in suburban Lakewood. Dyer was interviewing firefighter Tyler Sugaski and the dog's owner, Michael Robinson, when the dog, named Max, bit her.

According to a report on the denverpost.com, Dyer tried to “kiss/snuggle with the dog.” Some people say she should never have gotten so close to a dog that doesn’t know her.

The American Veterinary Medical Association says because the dog was one of the breeds that has often been lumped into the "pit bull type" stereotype, the incident might reignite the debate over breed tendencies to bite, but it also underscores the importance of educating people about dog bite prevention.

The AMVA says 4.7 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs each year. Check their website for a lot of resources regarding dog bite prevention, ranging from dog training to teaching your children how to avoid being bitten.

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