It's a gruesome YouTube moment that can't help but bring back bad memories for many dog bite victims: It's the footage of the anchorwoman who was bitten on the air, in her face, by a dog.
The incident three weeks ago was far from La Crosse, but of course, YouTube makes scenes like this accessible no matter where you live.
The Denver anchorwoman says she's looking forward to returning to her on-air duties, though she's not sure when that might be.
She was bitten on live TV by an Argentine mastiff that had been rescued the day before from a freezing lake. The TV station was doing a warm and fuzzy follow-up story in the studio when the anchorwoman leaned in toward the dog in what she thought was a friendly gesture.
The dog sank its teeth into her face, tearing a gash in her upper lip. She has since had two surgeries to graft skin from her lower lip to her upper lip. Doctors say they're unsure if more surgeries will be needed.
She says she's somewhat mystified by the heated emotions generated by the on-air incident, including some people displeased that the dog was taken into custody by authorities after the incident (it is now back at home with its owner).
She says she's lucky the injuries weren't worse, and there's little doubt that she's right about that.
For many dog bite victims, severe injuries change their lives forever. There are often surgeries, scars and even permanent disabilities to deal with, as well as emotional trauma from memories of the incident.
For those who've suffered dog bites, there can be enormous medical bills to deal with, too. In many cases, negligent owners can be held accountable for the damage inflicted by their dogs. Talk to a lawyer experienced in this complex area of law.
Source: San Jose Mercury News: "Her mouth unstitched, anchorwoman talks about on-air dog bite," Feb. 24, 2012