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El Pasoan charged with firing gun on highway now accused of leaving dog outside to die in 103-degree heat

Jonathan Jay Oneal
Jonathan Jay Oneal, charged in the death of his dog.

EL PASO, Texas -- A 26-year-old El Paso man now jailed on animal cruelty charges, allegedly leaving his dog outside in sweltering temperatures to die, had been awaiting trial on weapons charges stemming from a viral video.

The El Paso District Attorney's Office confirmed that Jonathan Jay Oneal, who was being held Thursday in the downtown jail on $7,500 bond, is the same man arrested last December for allegedly firing a semi-automatic firearm out of a moving car. The incident was captured on a video that was circulated on social media by the group Fit Fam EP.

Oneal had been free on a personal recognizance bond at the time of his latest arrest, court records showed. His most recent court appearance was cancelled, presumably due to coronavirus concerns.

Investigators said they recently found Oneal's 5–year-old Husky named Leo dead and decomposing on an apartment balcony at 9455 Viscount Blvd.

A police incident report stated "Leo was found in a state of decomposition in deplorable conditions. Recent recorded temperatures had been as high as 103 degrees. Leo had no access to food or water and the apartment balcony was covered in feces."

Oneal denied to officers that it was his dog, however Leo had been microchipped - and police said that chip identified Oneal as the owner.

Aside from the new allegations, Oneal still faces a charge of illegally discharging a firearm within the city limits for a 20-second video clip that allegedly shows him firing about seven rounds into the sky as cars pass by in the opposite direction.

The incident is said to have taken place Dec. 20 of last year along the Patriot Highway near Spur 601. The highway cuts through Fort Bliss, where Oneal was a soldier at the time. It was not immediately known Thursday if he's still in the Army.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



    1. alberto muerto is so pathetic. Even with spell check IT still manages to screw up the English grammar.”Onreal”? What the hell is that you patethic piece of dog sperm? IQ? Yours is less than minus 5000. miketurner should be happy of his best slimy brood.

  1. Is this frame up a CLAP back for the fort Hood soldier who allegedky committed suicide before he could be asphyxiation by the knee police. It’s common knowledge El Pasoans resent Black Fort Bliss soldiers on Dyer street with their obese woman

  2. What a rat bast*rd! Same should be done to him. Second time those apartments/area has been in the news recently. I thought that was a nice area. Alas, when/why did it start becoming the new Northeast, the new hood, thug central?

  3. Sounds real close to madmike but instead madmike used his gun to kill the dog immediately instead of starving him and killing him with heat exposure.

          1. Wannabe Velarde, it has nothing to do with being a chicken. No one has time to meet with any of you Trumpturds. Are you still in high school? Grow the hell up!!

  4. Waiting for KVIA7 to post on the other animal abuse arrest today as KFOX12 & KTSM 9 already have. Then I’ll pose the burning question ” Why is at least over on kfox it’s alleged for the Mexican Miguel but implied a given for the African American Jonathan? I expect racial bias from Fox but KVIA7 knows better than that.

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