Man charged in dog's fatal stabbing

Steve Garrison
Brandon Bekise

FARMINGTON — A 37-year-old fugitive is accused of stabbing to death a 3-year-old dog named "Jesse."

Brandon Bekise was charged Jan. 5 in Farmington Magistrate Court with one count of extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth-degree felony.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said Monday that Bekise is wanted by police on a warrant with a $5,000 bond.

Farmington police officers were dispatched the night of Dec. 27 to a residence at 2520 La Rue Ave. in Farmington after receiving reports of the stabbing, according to the affidavit.

The dog, a pit bull and chow mix, was lying in a pool of blood in front of the residence, according to the affidavit. It was transported to a veterinary clinic, but died due to the stab wounds, the affidavit states.

A woman told police that Bekise came to the house she was at while he was intoxicated and asked to speak with her cousin. 

The woman told Bekise her cousin was not home, and Bekise became upset and began screaming profanities at her, according to the affidavit.

Bekise then walked toward the dog, tied to a post outside the trailer, and stabbed it repeatedly in the neck and body, the affidavit states.

A fourth-degree felony is punishable by up to a year-and-a-half in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Anyone with information regarding Bekise's whereabouts can contact the police department's detectives division at 505-599-1005. Anonymous crime tips can be submitted to San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477 and

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.