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News anchor talks about recovery from TV dog bite

February 24, 2012
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DENVER—A Denver television news anchor who was bitten by a dog said she's doing fine but has difficulty talking two weeks after the on-air attack.

Kyle Dyer of KUSA-TV was bitten in the face by an 85-pound Argentine mastiff earlier this month while doing a segment with the dog's owner and a firefighter who had rescued the pet from an icy pond.

In an interview with the station that aired Thursday night ( http://on9news.tv/zcsMBm), she recalled the moments after the attack when she realized how serious it was when her lips didn't touch anymore.

"I put my hand like this," Dyer said, touching her face where a V-shaped scar lines the top of her mouth. "I realized all the blood -- the top part of my lip here was gone."

The station said she had a second surgery on Monday. She was given 20 new stitches and had the 70 stitches that were initially put in on Feb. 8 removed.

"It may be six months, or never, to get feeling back," she said. "I just wake up every day, take my meds, put on lotion and sunscreen -- have to for all this new skin -- talk with my family and pray."

Dyer called the incident an accident and said she's glad the dog is home after spending 10 days in mandatory quarantine.

"I'm glad the dog's back home with his family," she said. "I never wanted anything but."

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