Man arrested after dog found with muzzle taped shut

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CHARLESTON, N.C. – Veterinarians in South Carolina have high hopes for the recovery of a dog who was found last week with her muzzle taped shut.

Caitlyn, a 15-month-old chocolate Staffordshire bull terrier mix, was a well-known stray in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood of North Charleston. She was left on someone’s doorstep on Wednesday with black electrical tape wrapped around her muzzle so tightly that her tongue was caught between her teeth.

The tape was apparently there for three days, according to the Charleston Animal Society, which took charge of the dog’s care last week.

William Leonard Dodson, 41

North Charleston police arrested William Leonard Dodson, 41, on suspicion of the crime, said Ryan Johnson, spokesman for the City of Charleston. Dodson faces a charge of ill treatment of an animal involving torture. The crime is punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine, according Charleston Animal Society Director of Anti-Cruelty Aldwin Roman.

Prayers and best wishes flooded the animal society’s Facebook page after it shared her story. New Jersey artist Janet O’Neil painted a portrait of the pup that was shared on social media over the weekend with the hashtag #Caitlyn.

The dog was transferred to Veterinary Specialty Care in Mount Pleasant on Friday. She started receiving hyperbaric treatments every 12 hours to improve the damaged tissue in her mouth and cold laser therapy to promote healing, Senior Director of Veterinary Care Lucy Fuller said. She underwent a small surgical procedure on her lip Saturday, but there is not currently a procedure planned for her tongue.

Credit: Charleston Animal Society

“We are still waiting to see how well her body will heal on its own,” Fuller said in an email.

Caitlyn is eating on her own after graduating from intravenous fluids and antibiotics to normal food and oral medications.

“We have the greatest of hopes for this beautiful girl,” Fuller said.

The animal society hopes the case will draw attention to animal cruelty and the importance of caring for stray animals. It is also asking the public for donations to a medical fund.


  • Joe

    I’m thinking they should tape this a$$ho1es mouth shuts for a few days and see how he likes it…

  • Nicole

    I say we start a petition to make sure he serves AT LEAST 5 years in jail and he is NEVER allowed to own another animal. In fact he should also be on a animal abuser registry.

    • Shauna

      Now that’s the stupidest shit I’ve heard all day. I don’t care what color this guy is.. He’s a cruel asshole!

    • TuTu

      U just can’t help stupid. Good Lord get ur head out of ur A**💩 , damn moron😖 ur making a fool of urself 😈

    • Jeff Hunter

      Hahaha this is the stupidity at its finest. Why would you ever pull the race card on this. He’s a a f****ing evil person who shouldn’t be able to own animals. And you’re a moron for posting this comment

  • Kelly Purcell

    He should receive the maximum penalty, he didn’t just kick the dog, he tried to kill it. There is something seriously wrong with someone who would do this.

  • Spencer

    Agree with Joe. Tape up his big ass lips and see how he likes it. Maybe it will teach him to shut his pie whole.

    Dapandico- Your an idiot! Racially profiled by the police? Your a joke.

  • TuTu

    Its so sad & frankly disgusting to see stories like this ….An Evil Scum hurts & Tortures an innocent doggie who did nothing to deserve this Crap! There r people who act more like animals then animals do. $5000 Is NOT enough either! I say $20,000 & 10 yrs in the slammer with his mouth taped shut! !!! Damn scum!

  • John Rausch

    In Coronado people don’t know that they can walk under the bridge to bypass third and fourth. people coming from the hospital who work there cross third and fourth all the time to get to the bus you’re coming out of the hospital or the nursing home you go towards the water follow the sidewalk at Tidelands park and go under the bridge and you bypass 3rd and 4th and you come out on Glorietta and forth you walk a block and a half along 4th and there’s the bus stop.I was talking to a young man that came from the hospital he did not know you could go under the bridge.
    as I was walking I live in the neighborhood I see kids on bicycles trying to struggle to ride their bicycles over third and fourth they should get off and walk those bicycles.

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