Independence Man Found Guilty of Torturing Family Dog

An Independence man has been found guilty of torturing his family’s dog.

The Buchanan County Attorney’s Office says a jury found 42-year old Jason O’Neil Johnson guilty of Animal Torture on Thursday.

The charge arose from an incident on May 17th in which Johnson held down the family dog, Daisy, and repeatedly beat her with a belt and closed fists because she had chewed on a pair of sunglasses he had left out. Johnson made his son record a portion of the beating and send the video to Johnson’s other children to show the children what happens they fail to properly secure Daisy in her kennel.

Sentencing will be scheduled for a later date.