Police: Man slashed dog for barking

Jose Delfin, 53, is set to be deported following arrest

Jose Delfin, 53, a man who San Antonio police describe as a vagrant, is facing charges for allegedly slashing a dog across the nose for barking at him.

Police arrested Delfin following the incident Tuesday evening. He is charged with injury to a non-livestock animal.

A police report stated that the dog owner heard his Rottweilers at first barking, then yelping, outside his home on Wilkens Street Tuesday evening.

The man told officers he went to investigate and found Delfin standing nearby, holding a knife.

The report said the dog owner then got into his van and began following Delfin, who had started to walk away, until police arrived.

Investigators said the owner told them he found one of his dogs with its face covered in blood, and that the animal had been slashed across the nose with a knife while it was in his yard.

Police said Delfin admitted he stabbed the animal because the dogs had barked at him in the past.

He told officers that the dogs had gotten loose before, although they were inside their fenced yard at the time of the attack, the report stated.

According to police, Delfin repeatedly asked officers why he was being arrested when he “didn’t hurt a human.”

Jail records show after his arrest, Delfin, an apparent illegal immigrant, was placed on a hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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