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Man accused of stabbing son, family pit bull, due in court

VISTA — A man accused of stabbing and wounding his 17-year-old son and the family’s pit bull in Vista was scheduled to be arraigned today.

Jose Primitivo Alvarez, 35, is accused in last Monday’s stabbing at a residence in the 800 block of East Bobier Drive, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Jack Reynolds said.

Dispatchers received a call shortly before 11:10 p.m. from a person reporting an assault with a deadly weapon at the home, where deputies found the boy suffering from at least two stab wounds, he said.

Paramedics took the boy to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido for treatment of his injuries, which were not believed to be life-threatening, Reynolds said.

Investigators believe the suspect was attempting to discipline the family’s pit bull when the son intervened and was stabbed along with the dog, Reynolds said.

Personnel with the San Diego Humane Society were called in to treat the dog, which suffered three stab wounds, he said.

Alvarez was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of child cruelty, animal cruelty and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to jail records. He is currently out of custody on $100,000 bail.

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