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Thursday, 25 January, 2001, 15:17 GMT
Puppy's astonishing knife tale
X-ray of knife in Kyle's stomach
An X-ray revealed the knife lodged in Kyle's stomach
Sword-swallowers have been around for years - but how about Kyle, the knife-eating puppy?

The six-month-old collie-Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross is recovering from major surgery to remove a 15-inch serrated knife from his stomach.

He was only 18 inches long and 18 inches tall when the knife was taken out.

Kyle's amazing brush with death only came to light after he was taken to a veterinary hospital in Leeds with a vomiting problem.


I've been a vet for 15 years and I have never seen anything like this in a dog

Dr Ann Draper
There was no sign of a foreign body or anything like a huge knife, according to senior veterinary officer Dr Ann Draper.

"It was only when it didn't settle down that we decided to do an X-ray. It was just amazing," she said.

"The knife could have cut his internal organs to shreds at any time and it's a miracle he survived."

Kyle's owner Eva Oliver, from Leeds, had taken the puppy to the hospital on New Year's Eve.

X-ray of knife before and after operation
Before and after
But after the X-ray revealed the knife, which extended upwards towards his throat, Kyle was prepared for surgery, which took about an hour to complete.

"They opened up the abdomen and approached the stomach," Dr Draper continued.

"They then opened up the stomach before removing the knife, handle first, being careful so that the blade didn't cut anything.

"Dogs eat things all the time but not things like this. I've been a vet for 15 years and I have never seen anything like this in a dog," she added.

Exactly how the puppy came to swallow the knife was a mystery.

Dr Draper added: "We saw the puppy last week. He had a little swelling after the surgery but he's been bouncing around and his eating is back to normal."

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