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February 19, 2013

Teen who killed pit bull said dog was aggressive, diseased

Pit bull came at him before he shot it with arrow, he says

— A Cherokee County teen told investigators Tuesday  a pit bull terrier he killed with a bow and arrow was aggressive and diseased.

Caisen Green, 18, has been under fire since pictures of the dead dog allegedly posted from his Facebook account surfaced.

Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault spoke with Green and Green’s attorney, Jim Wilcoxen, on Tuesday.

Chennault said Green told the sheriff’s office he was practicing with his bow and arrow last Wednesday when the pit bull and another dog came into the yard.

Green told investigators he tried to run the dogs off — the smaller dog left, but the pit, who appeared diseased, Green said, stayed. Green said the pit growled and came at him, so he shot it with the bow and arrow.

Chennault said Green told investigators the pit ran about 30 yards and died, and Green’s father decided to burn the dog’s body, because it looked diseased.

Chennault said he expected his report would be filed with the District 27 District Attorney’s Office today. That office will determine whether Green will be charged with a crime.

Green allegedly posted a picture of the dog, with an arrow sticking out of his body just below the ribs, to Facebook with the caption: “For all you Pit lovers out there. Here’s what happens when one shows up around my house.”

The picture was widely circulated around the Internet, though Green’s Facebook page was deleted not long after. Tuesday was the first opportunity the sheriff’s office had to speak with Green. When they went to meet him Saturday they discovered he and his mother were gone — their address and directions to their house had been posted on various websites, and Green had received death threats.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth

@muskogeephoenix.com.

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