INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A northeastern Iowa man has been found guilty of torturing the family dog — an act prosecutors say he had videoed to make his children watch.
The Buchanan County Attorney’s Office says in a news release that a jury on Thursday convicted 42-year-old Jason O’Neil Johnson, of Independence, of animal torture. Prosecutors say Johnson held down the dog, named Daisy, in May and repeatedly beat her with a belt and closed fists for chewing on a pair of sunglasses Johnson had left out. Prosecutors say Johnson made his son record the beating to send to his other children as a warning of what happens when they failed to securely kennel Daisy.
Johnson faces up to two years in prison when he’s sentenced at a later date.