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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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That's a woman, baby! Yeeeeaahh!

1188 days ago


I met his wife Diane and spent several hours talking with her in January at NAMM in Anaheim. She was there with her parents promoting Vinnie's line of high-end guitars. She was very nice and very articulate. As a KISS fan I am saddened. Vinnie is really one of the best guitarists in the world but on a personal note I can only wonder......just sayin' she was very kind to me and I am sorry to hear this all went down. I hope it can all be resolved and he can get back to what he does best which is write songs ("LICK IT UP", "I LOVE IT LOUD" etc). The dead dogs are another factor, animal cruelty on any level is beyond anything I can comprehend. Props Harvey and crew for the follow up from the KISS Army!

1188 days ago



1188 days ago


Damn! He looks like a bitch I might pick up on some dirty Memphis street corner. I bet he gives one hell of a blow job!

1188 days ago


Zero Tolerance for ANYONE who is cruel to Animals. This ******* should be terminated with extreem prejudice ASAP!!!!!! FHCK HIM!!!!!

1188 days ago


I thought the picture was off an old chick. My bad.

1188 days ago


All of the members of KISS were butt ugly. I think it's time to just tattoo the make up on permanantly so we don't have to see the real faces of these guys.

1188 days ago


Correction: The animal service team were called in to look into the "crazy has been rock star who looks like a crack whore bitch" situation!!! Gawd.. he is really ugly looking. You would have thought that a "female subject" would be a gift sent from heaven!

1188 days ago


When did Chrissy Hynde join KISS?

1188 days ago


Wow, his wife sure looks knackered! Long night huh? She could have done some retouching before the mugshot. Looks like someone let themselves go!!

1188 days ago


Dude and dudette are obviously devil worshippers (killing and keeping dead dogs). Sick bastard and bastardette! Seriously, I hope law enforcement puts the screws to them (fines, prison time, etc.). Don't be surprised when they dredge up other criminal, sicko behavior, too! Gross and disturbing!

1188 days ago

No Way    

The shocker here is that person had a wife. Make's Ace look like a Saint.

1188 days ago


Dumb ****s with too much money and no respect for ANYTHING. Where's the 4 counts of animal cruelty?

1188 days ago


What a pathetic excuse for a human being!

1188 days ago


Another perfect example of drug addicts. How else could you walk around your house with four dead dogs. ANd for those of you that didn't read the article it clearly says the dogs were dead already, yet they'd done nothing with them. How sick is that? Society pays all these "Celebs" way too much, and then wonder why things go wrong? Weak and pathetic. They are not worth the money they make. NONE OF THEM. They all abuse it.

1188 days ago
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