Dog attacks intruder after owner is slashed with box cutter in violent burglary

A MAN has undergone surgery to his arm after it was slashed open with a box cutter in a violent burglary south of the Gold Coast.

Police said the 63-year-old victim returned to his Kyogle Road home at Byangum, near Murwillumbah in northern NSW, to find an intruder rummaging through the house around 1.30pm on Friday, May 12.

The intruder allegedly lashed out with a Stanley knife and slashed the 63-year-old man’s forearm. He was then attacked by the victim’s pet dog before fleeing the scene with cash and a camera.


The 63-year-old was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital where he has since undergone surgery to his arm.

Police believe the intruder, who remains at large, may have suffered numerous bites to his legs.

He is described as being Caucasian in appearance, 35–40 years old, 183cm tall, having a slim build, long light brown hair, and a scruffy beard.

Police say he was wearing a dark cap, jeans, and a dark T-Shirt at the time of the burglary.

Anyone with any information is being urged to contact Tweed Heads Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.