February 20, 2013
An Oklahoma teen has received death threats after allegedly killing a pit bull who wandered onto his property with a bow and arrow. This incident came to light on February 14 after Caisen Green 18, of Tahlequah, bragged about the kill on his Facebook page. Green and his mother have reportedly left the state due to these threats.
A photo depicting a dead pit bull terrier with an arrow protruding from its side was posted along with the comment “For all you Pit lovers out there. Here’s what happens when one shows up around my house.”
Local TV station KRMG contacted the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office after learning of the post. Green, his father, and his attorney met at the attorney’s office in Muskogee to speak with undersheriff Jason Chennault.
KJRH 2NEWS spoke to Chennault after the meeting and was able to obtain Green’s side of the story. Green claims he was practicing archery in his yard when two dogs came onto the Cookson Game Refuge Road property. One of the dogs fled, leaving what Green describes as a “looked diseased” pit bull who approached him. When the remaining dog was about eight yards away, Green shot the fatal arrow. The dog ran about 30 yards before it collapsed and died.
Green’s father admitted to burning the dog because they believed it to be diseased. This is a common practice used by farmers and cattlemen to destroy diseased livestock.
Although his Facebook page has been removed since his post bragging about the kill, several others have sprung up over the past few days. People the world over are lining up on both sides of this issue. One Facebook page is called Caisen Green Is An American Hero. Also found were Caisen Green The Great and Caisen Green of Cherokee County OK Shoots dog w/arrow 02/15/13.
The Tahlequah Daily Press wrote published an article saying Green allegedly sent a message to a Humane Society of Cherokee County (HSCC) volunteer where he stated “I still don’t think what I did was wrong, but I’ve put my parents through enough these past couple years. I don’t wanna put them through this, too. If I can volunteer for something or community service for you all, I will. Just give me something I can do to make things all go away.”
The outrage this situation has sparked is creating a lot of friction on both sides of the issue. Green will likely be made an example of to prevent others from killing pit bulls solely because of their breed. Animal protection groups have already pleaded for the threats against Green and his family to stop. Charges can now be made against those threatening violence online through the Internet Crime Prevention Center.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office would like to assure the public the matter is being investigated and Green will be charged with animal cruelty if the office determines he was wrong in killing the dog.
According to Oklahoma Cruelty to Animal Statute 1685, Green could face charges for animal cruelty. This is punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary not exceeding five years, or in the county jail for a period not exceeding one year. A fine of up to $500 may also be charged, should Green be convicted.