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Man will not face animal cruelty charges in dog killing

WINGANON, Okla. — The man who admitted to killing and dragging a dog behind his truck in Rogers County will not face animal cruelty charges. 

Our Tulsa sister station KJRH is reporting Rogers County spokesman Jerry Smittle said the man, whose name has not been released, came forward and told authorities his side of the story.

See KJRH’s full story here

Smittle said the man told deputies he found a dog seriously injured from an apparent motor vehicle accident near his Winganon property.

The man said he tried to help but the animal snapped at him.

KJRH reported investigators said the man then explained he did what he thought was best, choosing to shoot the wounded dog.

Smittle said the man admitted to moving its body into a ditch away from his home but refuted earlier reports he tied up and dragged the animal with his vehicle.

Smittle said if the man is to face any charges, it would be a misdemeanor charge of unlawful disposal of a corpse.

Rogers County authorities made the announcement of the man’s confession Tuesday.

No arrest was made.

Saturday, Jetta, 2-year-old black Labrador, was found lying on the ground about a mile from her home.

Rogers County deputies initially said the animal was dragged to death behind a vehicle after her legs were bound together with steel baling wire.

The dog’s death sparked a social media outcry, even gaining the attention of former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboy head coach Barry Switzer.

Switzer doubled the reward pledged by followers of Wild Heart Ranch’s Facebook page, the Humane Society of United States of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Alliance for animals.

See Switzer’s efforts here.