A man who has admitted to being involved with the dragging death of a dog last week has turned himself in to authorities.
Jetta, a Labrador retriever who had given birth to nine puppies just one month ago, was found on the side of the road near Chelsea, Oklahoma. Sometime on Friday night, someone had bound her rear legs with bailing wire and dragged her behind their vehicle a little over a mile before finally stopping.
She had also been shot, but it is unclear at this time whether she was shot before or after being dragged.
The $10,000 reward posted by Wild Heart Ranch, a local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization, and University of Oklahoma’s former head coach Barry Switzer is not what lead to a break in this case.
“Our person of interest came to us,” said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.
Walton said that although the person of interest turned himself in, he has not yet been arrested.
The man came forward and told the investigators how he found Jetta. At this point in the investigation, however, authorities are unable to confirm exactly how and when Jetta died or her condition at the time the person of interest found her.
Investigators said that although the man may not have done the right thing, he may not be directly responsible for Jetta’s death. Until it is determined how and when she died, authorities do not have enough probable cause to make an arrest.
“The timeframe and the evidence and the witness statements that we have do not enable us to make an arrest at this time,” Walton said.
The name of the person of interest is not being released until he is formally arrested or charged. Some individuals in the community have made death threats against whoever is found to have abused and killed Jetta.
The Rogers County District Attorney is reviewing the case, and will decide by the end of the week if charges should be filed.