Weekly update —

Clovis man charged with torturing animal

A 32-year-old Clovis man is in jail on a felony charge of maliciously torturing an animal after police say he stabbed his sister-in-law’s dog.

Benito Chavez is being held without bond for an unrelated probation violation, records show.

A woman called police around 3 a.m. May 17 and said Chavez had stabbed her dog, according to a police report.

When officers arrived they found the woman caring for her dog on a kitchen counter, a report said.

The woman said she allowed Chavez to stay the night at her house and woke in the night when she heard her dog yelping. According to the report, she said she found her dog bleeding under the table.

Officers found a 10-inch knife in the sink with about a half-inch of blood on the blade.

Chavez refused to talk to officers about the incident.

The woman said Chavez was under the influence of narcotics and had been growing increasingly paranoid recently, telling family there were people conspiring to get him. She told officers he banged on her door around 1 a.m. and she let him in but was concerned and had her children sleep in her room with her, the report said.

She said the dog slept in a crate in another bedroom.

Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said information on the dog’s condition was not available.

Chavez was on probation for felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an unrelated June 2010 incident, records show.

— Sharna Johnson