One block east of the house where five dogs and four kittens were found dead last Wednesday, Kelly Koziel found her dog’s neck had been cut with a knife Tuesday morning.
Koziel said she let the dog outside at 4:30 a.m., chaining it in the backyard at 2307 Hamilton Street SW.
When she returned 15 minutes later, there was blood splattered against the side of the house, and the dog, a miniature German shepherd named Puggley, was in a pool of blood. She and her fiance, John Skrtic Jr., put the dog in the house and called police.
Koziel and Skrtic took the dog to their veterinarian, who determined that the lacerations were a couple of inches deep. The veterinarian used staples to close the wound and charged Koziel nearly $350 for the medical procedure and medication.
“I literally had to pull my rent to pay for the surgery,” said Koziel. “It was severe. Any deeper and it would have been killed,” she said.
Koziel said she and Skrtic believe they know who cut the dog because of the pocket knife they found in the yard and a description of someone in their yard a few hours earlier. Police took the knife as evidence.