Knifeman stabs dog at Tesco

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By Exeter Express and Echo | Thursday, October 18, 2012, 06:45

A MUM whose puppy was stabbed while she popped in to a convenience store has branded the attacker "wicked and evil".

Michelle Kusma, 38, only discovered the gaping wound on her dog's leg after returning home from the Tesco Express store on Churchill Road, Exmouth.

She believes her six-month-old Jack Russell cross terrier was stabbed with a knife while she left it tied up outside the store with her three other dogs.

Police are investigating the incident and have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

Mum-of-three Michelle, of Whitman Close, Exmouth, said she was disgusted by the attack.

"It is a wicked, evil thing to have done," she told the Echo.

"The person who did it must have gone out with a knife looking for trouble and when he didn't find it, he took it out on my dog.

"Nobody in their right mind would do something like this – it's not normal."

Michelle believes she saw someone acting suspiciously in the Tesco store at the time of the attack.

"I was only in the store for a few minutes," she said.

"I didn't see anything when I first came out of Tesco, it was only when I got home I saw that his leg had been slashed open at the top.

"There was someone acting suspiciously inside the store.

"I thought he was looking at me and fidgeting around.

"But I didn't really pay too much attention to him."

Once she discovered the wound, Michelle glued the dog's gash before he was seen by a vet.

"I super-glued his wound at first and took him to the vet the next day," she said. The vet said I had done the right thing. I can't leave my dogs outside shops on their own anymore, I always have to have someone with me. I don't trust anyone – especially when the pubs are open and busy. My kids were so angry at what this person did to our dog."

Michelle says her puppy Tyson has made a good recover but she is desperate to have the offender caught.

Police in Exmouth are appealing for anyone who has any information about the attack or who was in the area at the time of the incident, which happened at around 10.30pm on Sunday, August 26, to contact them.

Witnesses should contact 101 quoting crime reference number KE/12/2014.



  • Profile image for LCurtis1982

    Surely this is not an issue of WHEN she took the poor dog to the vet but actually finding who did it in the first place! She took him and got him looked at and thankfully he is ok! I do hope you find the sick sadistic psychopath who did this!!

    By LCurtis1982 at 13:33 on 23/10/12

  • Profile image for frostosmax

    CCTV? No reason why you shouldn't be able to leave your Dog at the entrance of a small convenience store. Especially when most stores don't allow dogs in.
    This kind of scum needs to be found quickly and dealt with harshly before they commit something worse next time!

    By frostosmax at 13:50 on 19/10/12

  • Profile image for MsMcNeil

    I totally agree with APExeter, why didn't she take the dog instantly to a vet???

    By MsMcNeil at 20:25 on 18/10/12

  • Profile image for PGStrange

    Re: knifeman stabs dog at Tesco Express, Brixington Parade, Exmouth. Police are appealing for anyone who has any information about the attack or who was in the area at the time of the incident (around 10.30pm on Sunday, 26 August) to contact them. Witnesses should contact 101, quoting crime reference number KE/12/2014.

    By PGStrange at 18:17 on 18/10/12

  • Profile image for MrVanKleefe

    Luckily the dog wasn't stolen as this was probably the intention or the woman robbed. Too many drug addicts about these days looking for victims, particularly at night in seemingly nice safe areas.

    By MrVanKleefe at 16:54 on 18/10/12

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