“Kyle had reconstructive surgery on her lip, after she was bit by the dog this morning on the air,” Shapiro wrote. “Her recovery is going to take a while, but it is now underway.”
Shapiro also emphasized that the dog and his owner had spent about 45 minutes in KUSA’s newsroom before going on-air and that the 85-pound Argentine Mastiff seemed friendly and “perfectly normal.”
KUSA news director Patti Dennis appeared on the station’s 4 p.m. newscast to discuss the incident.
“The dog bite accident that happened today at 9NEWS was unfortunate and certainly not expected based on what we knew about the dog and his owner,” Dennis said. “Our goal was to unite the owner with the rescuer for a nice segment. We are all thinking of Kyle and her recovery.”
“We love Kyle and what she and her family do for this community,” Dennis added. “We also love animals and will continue to do all we can to use 9NEWS to improve animal welfare in Colorado.”
Here’s video of Dennis’s appearance during KUSA’s 4 p.m. newscast…
KUSA is not airing footage of the attack due to its “disturbing” nature. Video of the incident is available here (at least for the time being).