MUSKOGEE, Okla. - The Cherokee County teenager who shot and killed a pit bull with a bow and arrow has told his side of the story to undersheriff Jason Chennault.
This case has drawn worldwide attention after 18-year-old Caisen Green posted a photo of the dead pit bull on Facebook, with a caption that read: "For all you pit lovers out there. Here's what happens when one shows up around my house."
Chennault met with Green, his father and his attorney at the attorney's office in Muskogee.
The meeting was held in private, but 2NEWS spoke with Chennault about what was said.
The undersherriff says Green told him that he was practicing archery in his yard, on February 13.
"He'd been in his yard several minutes when he saw two dogs come up in to the yard," said Chennault.
Green told Chennault that one of the dogs ran away, but the pit bull, which he claimed looked diseased, approached him.
"Caisen said when the pit was about eight yards away, he shot him with his bow and arrow," Chennault said. "The dog ran about 30 yards and died."
Chennault said Green's father admitted to burning the dog, because he too thought it was diseased.
"That's something that cattlemen regularly do. If they have a diseased animal, a diseased cow or a diseased horse, they'll burn it," said Chennault.
The undersheriff said that Green seemed remorseful for the Facebook post and he believes that the boy was telling the truth.
"I don't have any reason not to believe him," he said.
Chennault plans to give his report on the incident to the Cherokee County District Attorney on Wednesday.
Green could face a cruelty to animal charge, which carries a maximum of five years in prison.