Tiny dog stabbed with rusty knife

Man jailed for felony animal cruelty
May. 07, 2013 @ 08:37 AM

Steve Cardwell was leaving his parents' house about noon Saturday when he heard a woman screaming. The next thing he knew, a man flung a small dog out of a nearby house into the front yard.

“I was walking to the car to take my fiancee to work when I saw a door open and someone slinging the dog about 13 feet up in the air and about 20 feet out into the yard,” Cardwell said.

Cardwell, 18, ran to the 4-year-old Chihuahua mix and found it bleeding heavily.

“When I rolled him over, it seemed to lose blood with every heartbeat,” he said.

Thanks to Cardwell, little Milmil lives, basically held together by a pressure bandage -- essentially a body stocking -- while his wounds heal.

Jessie Clyde Bare, 30, is accused of stabbing the dog at least three times with a rusty knife and has been charged with felony animal cruelty.

Milmil had been adopted from Caldwell County Animal Control by Bare's mother, Polly Moretz of Jason Place.

Brenda Andrews, a neighbor, said that Moretz told her that Bare had found a long, rusty knife two weeks ago and set it on his dresser, and it was that knife that was used to on Milmil.

“She told me he held the dog by its back two legs and began stabbing it,” Andrews said Monday.

Andrews and her husband, Kevin Mawyer, were at the civic center helping out at an event when the incident occurred. It was their son, Cardwell, who rescued Milmil from the yard and called them. They raced home, then took the dog to Lenoir Veterinary Hospital. The vet wasn't available because he was in surgery, so the hospital staff put on a pressure bandage to control the bleeding while Andrews and Mawyer took the dog to the Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory. An examination found three deep cuts on the dog’s thorax and abdomen. The wounds were cleaned, and a new bandage was put on. On Monday they had Milmil examined again at Lenoir Veterinary.

Milmil is recovering in a little makeshift bed in Andrews’ bedroom.

Folks who know Bare wonder what could have set him off to attack a tiny dog. He lives with his father but was visiting his mother at the time.

Police say Bare told them why he did it, but they have not disclosed it.

Meanwhile, money is being raised to help pay for Milmil’s veterinary bill. Donations are being collected at All God’s Creatures Great and Small Grooming, Boarding, and Doggie Daycare at 2001 Hickory Blvd. in Lenoir.