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An Oklahoma high school student has received death threats and left town after he posted a picture of a pit bull he had killed with a bow and arrow on Facebook.
In addition to the picture, the post by 18-year-old Caisen Green read, "For all you pit lovers out there. Here's what happens when one shows up around my house."
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the issue, but authorities said in a press release that Green has not been available for questioning as he left the area due to death threats he had been receiving, KJRH reported. Undersheriff Jason Chennault asked in the release for people to stop making threats against Green and his Green family and noted that those making threats could be subject to prosecution.
"I understand people don’t want to see animals hurt,” Chennault told the Muskogee Phoenix. “But death threats are not going to help the situation.”
The Phoenix went on to report Chennault saying that the department needs more information about the events surrounding the dog's death.
“It’s a gray area,” Chennault said to the Phoenix. “If the dog is threatening livestock or your well-being, you can do what you have to do stop it. I’m going to do my best to get everything done this week, and we’ll forward the report to the (District 27) District Attorney’s Office.”
Fox 23 reported these thoughts from local residents regarding the photo:
"He needs to be punished the right way, and not by people doing something to him,” says Tahlequah resident, Charles York.
"Something needs to be done and he shouldn't be able to get away with killing a dog like that and putting it on facebook and have nothing done to him,” says Jennifer Tillison.
Fox 23 also reported that Green is expected to give a statement to law enforcement with his attorney Tuesday.
Officials with the local humane society are reported as saying they were shocked by the post but wouldn't seek jail time as punishment as they don't feel it would change Green's attitude toward the breed.
"It would be better for him to have to work community service, maybe 100 hours in a facility to where he can learn and be around people who love dogs and understand dogs lives," Humane Society of Cherokee County board member Lou Hays told KJRH-TV.
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(H/T: Daily Mail)