Caitlyn, the dog whose abuse case is making national headlines, is well on her way to recovery after undergoing surgery and is expected to soon be available for foster care.
The a 15-month-old chocolate Staffordshire Terrier mix underwent two hours of surgery Wednesday to have her jaw reconstructed and dead tissue from her lip and tongue removed, ABC News 4-WCIV reports.
Caitlyn was found last week in North Charleston, South Carolina, with her mouth bound shut with electrical tape, her tongue caught between her teeth. She sustained significant injury after being left in that state for what officials believe was up to 48 hours.
Fortunately, veterinarians didn’t end up having to remove as much of her tongue as they originally thought.
Dr. Henri Bianucci told WCIV that he thought Caitlyn may have to loose as much as 25 percent of her tongue, but only about an eighth of it was ultimately removed. He attributed the outcome to use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and cold laser therapy, which helped heal the damage tissue.
Once her wounds have healed, which Bianucci said should take about a week, Caitlyn is expected to be able to eat and drink like she would do normally. Then she will be available for foster care.
The man accused of abusing Caitlyn, William Leonard Dodson, 41, of North Charleston, was arrested earlier this week and charged with ill treatment of an animal involving torture. Bail is set at $50,000.
The Charleston Animal Society has been raising money for Caitlyn and other injured animals through Toby’s Fund at charlestonanimalsociety.org.
UPDATE 7/1/2015: Caitlyn has moved into a medical foster home and is expected to be available for adoption next year. Read about it here.