TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors say they won’t file charges against an Oklahoma teenager who fatally shot a pit bull with an arrow, then posted a picture of the dead dog on Facebook.
First Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp says prosecutors did not have probable cause to charge the teen with animal cruelty. Thorp said in a statement that prosecutors only had the photos from Facebook from which to work and they couldn’t disprove the teen’s argument that he shot the dog in self defense.
A police report says the teen told authorities that the dog “snarled” at him and charged him, so he shot the animal behind the left shoulder.
The Tahlequah Daily Press reports the teen’s father told authorities that he burned the animal’s body because it appeared “diseased.”