Cherokee County teen meets with Undersheriff about dead pit bull


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 2/19/2013 6:41 pm Published: 2/18/2013 7:18 pm


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.



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AMYLIN - 2/26/2013 10:59 AM
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I AM SORRY BUT IT IS NOT THE BREED IT IS THE PPL THAT RAISE THEM EVERY DOG BITES OR WHAT EVER IT ISN'T NOTHING ABOUT JUST ONE TYPE OF DOG PITS ARE AWESOME LOYAL DOGS IS RAISED RIGHT I HAVE ALOT OF PITS AND I STAND BY THE BREED ALL THE WAY .... EVEN IF THIS KID IS TELLING THE TRUTH HE POSTED IT ON FB WITH THAT BS COMMENT ABOUT IF WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF PITS COME AROUND HIS PROPERTY ...DONT SOUNDS LIKE HE REALLY DIDNT MEAN TO ....YES I DO AGREE DOGS SHOULD BE LEASHED SO THINGS LIKE THIS DONT HAPPEN

aleman - 2/21/2013 9:04 AM
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He should have tried to pet it...but if it had attacked him whos' fault is it then?Bottom line you need to keep your dog up,especially these known vicious breeds,pitbulls are hard to keep up,that is why you see 99 % of them chained up

pixie - 2/21/2013 7:40 AM
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This teen has done a terrible thing to a animal and bragged about it on facebook.I do not buy his story at all.He needs to be punished by the law not by threats by people that are angry with him over this.I have a wonderful pitbull thats loveing,just because a dog growls doesn't mean it has a disease or is going to attack.Caisen green probably threatened the dog and then the dog growled at him.This dog deserves justice,

ksenksen - 2/20/2013 10:45 PM
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http://www.examiner.com/article/oklahoma-teen-who-posted-photo-of-dead-pit-bull-to-facebook-lawyers-up

ksenksen - 2/20/2013 10:43 PM
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http://www.examiner.com/article/oklahoma-teen-who-killed-pit-bull-gives-his-side-of-story-charges-doubtful?cid=rss

ksenksen - 2/20/2013 10:03 PM
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caisen-Green-of-Cherokee-County-OK-Shoots-dog-w-arrow-02152013/333249333443887

cinghoa - 2/20/2013 4:55 PM
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@blunty-Animals have been known to escape fenced in yards. @Ms. Bell-Please educate yourself prior to commenting. Yes, there are idiots that don't deserve to have animals, but that does not taint an entire breed. I do not own a pit, I do however know how to do my research. The link posted below may be a link to wikipedia, but there are dozens of reputable sourced listed at the bottom of the page. Do yourself a favor and give it a read, you will most likely still be a very biased woman, but at least you will be able to speak with some level of intelligence.

aleman - 2/20/2013 9:54 AM
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You are 100% right Miss Bell back in the day these meth inbreds would hop their pits up on meth to make them more aggressive and give them vitamin K so they wouldn't bleed,they would only allow the winners and the most vicious ones to live and these are the ones they used to breed todays pitbulls...and why does each owner seem to have 4 and 5 dogs?

Blunty - 2/19/2013 11:38 PM
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I'd kill it too, keep your animals on a leash.

Debbie Bell - 2/19/2013 9:05 PM
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In PA, where entire counties have no shelter or pound, the three "S"'s are sometimes the solution: Shoot, Shovel and Shutup. This goes for any stray, but especially for dogs designed to kill without warning and without reason. If you choose to own a pit bull, you own a dog who can never, ever, not even for a moment, become a loose or a stray dog. That is for the community's sake and also for your dog's sake, too. Who can promise that? Not many people, but that is your responsibility. Never Loose!
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