|Updated: 9/05/2012 8:41 pm
||Published: 9/04/2012 4:44 pm
A man admits he’s connected to the case where a dog was found dead after being dragged behind a truck.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said a man turned himself in, but he has not been arrested.
"We have compiled the evidence, the witness statements, the facts that we have available to us and submitted to the District Attorney's Office,” said Walton.
Sources say the man who came forward said he found the dog injured, and he believed she was possibly hit by a car. He said he shot her to put her out of her misery.
He said he left her in his yard, but when her remains started to smell, he used wire to drag her body to the side of the road.
The sheriff said Tuesday night, he is no longer considering this a case of animal cruelty, and the district attorney will decide what, if any, charges will be filed.
On Saturday, the dog’s owner found the black lab named Jetta dead not far from their home in Winganon.
Her back legs had been bound with baling wire.
It wasn’t the $10,000 reward posted by Wild Heart Ranch and Oklahoma football legend Barry Switzer that lead to a break in this case.
"Our person of interest came to us," said Walton. "The timeframe and the evidence and the witness statements that we have does not enable us to make an arrest at this time," said Walton.
On Sunday, Jetta’s owners told FOX23 News they found their dog on Saturday on a road near their home with her hind legs tired with wire.
“She was still tied up, the bones were through her skin, her flesh was shredded, her skin was actually on the asphalt, stuck to the asphalt, her fur and everything," said Melony Patton.
“Just shock, I cant believe somebody would do that especially to an animal who wouldn't hurt a fly,” said Patton.
"I do believe there is a different explanation and I’m not saying we're at all explaining how animal cruelty is right. I am not saying that at all. I am not saying that in any shape or form,” said Walton. "I'm just saying that the explanation that would show somewhat different than that.”
The sheriff is not releasing the name of the person of interest unless he is actually arrested or charged. He said some in the community have made death threats against whoever may have abused the dog.
The Rogers County District Attorney is reviewing the case and could decide by the end of the week if charges should be filed.