Sheriff completes investigation into dog's death
TULSA (FOX 23) - A man who admits he’s connected to the case where a dog was found dead after being dragged behind a truck.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said a man turned himself in but he has not been arrested.
"We have compiled the evidence, the witness statements, the facts that we have available to us and submitted to the District Attorney's Office,” said Walton.
On Saturday, the dog’s owner found the black lab named Jetta dead and not far from their home in Winganon.
Her back legs had been bound with baling wire.
It’s still not clear how the dog actually died.
It wasn’t the $10,000 reward posted by Wild Heart Ranch and Oklahoma football legend Barry Switzer that lead to a break in this case.
"Our person of interest came to us," said Walton.
Investigators said the man approached them and told them how he found Jetta.
The dog had given birth to her nine puppies one month ago.
Investigators said before the man came forward they knew the dog had been dragged behind a truck.
What they cannot confirm at this point is the dog’s condition when the man found her and if it was the dragging that actually caused the dog’s death.
"The timeframe and the evidence and the witness statements that we have does not enable us to make an arrest at this time," said Walton.
On Sunday, Jetta’s owners told FOX23 News they found their dog on Saturday on a road near their home with her hind legs tired with wire.
“She was still tied up, the bones were through her skin, her flesh was shredded, her skin was actually on the asphalt, stuck to the asphalt, her fur and everything," said Melony Patton.
Evidence she had been dragged for a mile.
“Just shock, I cant believe somebody would do that especially to an animal who wouldn't hurt a fly,” said Patton.
The key questions remain on determining how Jetta died and when.
"I do believe there is a different explanation and I’m not saying we're at all explaining how animal cruelty is right. I am not saying that at all. I am not saying that in any shape or form,” said Walton. "I'm just saying that the explanation that would show somewhat different than that.”
The Sheriff is not releasing the name of the person of interest unless he is actually arrested or charged.
He said some in the community have made death threats against whoever may have abused the dog.
The Rogers County District Attorney is reviewing the case and could decide by the end of the week if charges should be filed.