Dad arrested on suspicion of stabbing teen son, pit bull

VISTA, Calif. –A man was behind bars Tuesday on suspicion of stabbing his 17-year-old son and the family’s pit bull in Vista, authorities said.

Dispatchers received a call shortly before 11:10 p.m. Monday from a person reporting an assault with a deadly weapon at a residence in the 800 block of East Bobier Drive, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Jack Reynolds said.

Officers arrived at the house and found a 17-year-old boy suffering from at least two stab wounds, Reynolds said.

A man was arrested on suspicion of stabbing his 17-year-old son and the family’s pit bull in Vista.

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

Primitivo Alvarez, 35, 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 was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

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