TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s investigators are looking into the killing of a pit bulldog that quickly outraged people across the globe on Friday.
Officials are also trying to send a strong message to those who have threatened the teen allegedly responsible for killing the dog: All threats will be investigated and could be prosecuted.
The dog’s death came to light Thursday when 18-year-old Caisen Green, who reportedly lives in the Cookson area and has been acknowledged for his athletic ability at Sequoyah Schools, posted a photograph on his Facebook page of a dead pit bulldog, which he apparently had shot and killed with an arrow.
In his post, Green explained the photo was “for all you Pit lovers out there.”
“Here’s what happens when one shows up around my house,” the teenager wrote, according to a screenshot of the post that was emailed to the Daily Press.
That message and photo was eventually shared with the Humane Society of Cherokee County, which provided the information to the Daily Press.
It was also shared with many others, and Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said Saturday that authorities have received numerous calls about the incident from local residents, as well as people in other states, and countries across the world.
“An additional Facebook account was created about the incident by unknown persons,” said Chennault. “On this second Facebook page, posters have threatened to do bodily harm to Green and his family. The concern over the fatal shooting of the animal is understood, but please refrain from making any threats against Green or the Green family. Those threats will also be investigated and the people making the threats may be subject to prosecution.”
Green’s original Facebook post appeared to be made at around 9 p.m. Thursday, and was picked up almost immediately by an animal rights page called Pet Pardons. That post was shared nearly 2,800 times before the original photo was taken down, presumably by Green.