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Ex-KISS Guitarist -- Blood, Cuts, and 4 Dead Dogs

5/23/2011 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former KISS guitarist Vincent Cusano -- aka Vinnie Vincent -- allegedly smacked his wife in the face and dragged her through a pile of broken glass on the night he was arrested ... and when cops arrived to the house, they found 4 dead dogs at the scene ... this according to law enforcement.


The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office tells TMZ ... on May 22, Vincent's wife, Diane, arrived to the Sheriff's Office "covered in blood" and reeking of alcohol.

Cops say 44-year-old Diane told the officers how she had just escaped from the couple's Tennessee home ... after Vincent "smacked her in the face" following an argument about a "female subject [Vincent] was talking to." She says Vincent then "grabbed her by the hair and threw her down to the ground."

Diane says Vincent then "dragged her through a pile of glass from a broken plate that had been on the floor since before the argument had started."

Diane told police she tried to get away -- but 58-year-old Vincent threw her to the ground 4 more times. She eventually escaped and drove herself to the station.

Cops dispatched officers to the home -- where they found Vincent and "four sealed containers containing deceased dogs."

Diane told the cops .... the dogs had been "killed by one of their aggressive dogs."

Vincent was eventually arrested and booked for aggravated domestic assault -- and his bond was set at $10,000.  TMZ obtained his mug shot, pictured above.

An animal service team was contacted to look into the dead dog situation.


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Wow... He looks horrible. I bet he was running some sort of hillbilly dog fighting ring.

1194 days ago


Hey Samantha (re: whiner), if you don't like this 'typical world' you can always leave skanky.

1194 days ago


Read said another dog killed the dogs....

1194 days ago


Why do all the KISS members look like women as they age?

1194 days ago

TJ in MO    

he's probably a nice guy when he's not drinkin' or druggin'

1194 days ago


If he so much as TOUCHED those dogs, DEATH PENALTY for that ugly loser freak!

1194 days ago


That's a woman, baby! Yeeeaaaahh!

1194 days ago


Good no more barking. Now I can get to sleep.

1194 days ago


It sounds as though Vinnie might be trying his hand at dog fighting. Let's smack him in the face and drag him through a pile of broken glass just in case.

1194 days ago

There's a problem here    

First off, no 58 year old man in his right mind should look like, rocker or not. He ain't exactly rocking that ratty long too darkly dyed hair style, that's for sure. Second, was there some kind of rivalry about who was the more feminine of the two between he and his wife that might have set him off? Third ... the wife was probably stupid enough to stick with him, but the dogs had no choice. Kill him.

1194 days ago


Wait - totally confused. The wife was arrested too? The story/photo don't connect.

1194 days ago


Is that a picture of him or her? The person in the photo is wearing is wearing colored lip gloss or lipstick.

1194 days ago


I suspect the dead dogs were frozen. I've known people who chose to do that. You lose a pet and you don't want its body just thrown out as the garbage and disappear forever into the landfill. Maybe there was a reason they couldn't take them out and bury them. Hasn't it been flooding up there?

1194 days ago


I met Vinnie...he seemed like a nice much for that...anyway, he does have wife problems huh...his last wife was an "escort" who got killed in a room in a boarding house...I think Vinny was raising their twins....sad

1194 days ago


Dude looks like a lady. Better post bail real quick.

1194 days ago
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