A teenager accused of killing a pit bull with a bow and arrow and then bragging about it on Facebook told the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office he is sorry about the posting the comment and picture online.
18-year-old Caisen Green met with Jason Chennault, the Cherokee County Undersheriff, Tuesday afternoon. Green told the Undersheriff he was target practicing in his yard when two dogs came up to him. He tried to scare the dogs away. One dog ran off, but Caisen said the pit bull growled at him. The Undersheriff said Caisen admitted to shooting the dog and says his dad burned the body because the dog looked diseased.
The Undersheriff will present this information to the District Attorney’s office on Wednesday. The DA’s office will determine if charges should be filed.
Public outrage and calls for action have only increased since Saturday night when FOX23 reported about the picture Green is accused of posting on Facebook.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office says this situation is going from bad to worse. The Undersheriff says he’s received multiple calls and emails about the young man who posted the pictures.
While deputies try to figure out if it was a crime, they’re also dealing with people making death threats against the teen.
The town of Tahlequah and surrounding Cherokee County can’t stop talking about the photo that was posted on Facebook. It shows a young pit bull lying on the ground with an arrow in its side. The photo was posted on Green’s Facebook page.
"He needs to be punished the right way, and not by people doing something to him,” says Tahlequah resident, Charles York.
Chennault says he and his dispatchers have been getting calls from other countries from people angry about what Caisen posted.
'I understand your concern over the animal, but you're going to have to stop making threats,” says Chennault.
We checked Oklahoma law and it allows for the right to defend yourself, your family and your livestock from a threatening animal. However, after the caption in his Facebook post, many believe the dog was simply shot for sport.
"Something needs to be done and he shouldn't be able to get away with killing a dog like that and putting it on facebook and have nothing done to him,” says Jennifer Tillison.
Caisen could face a felony charge and up to 10 years in prison if convicted.