Arrest Made In Case Of Dog Found With Muzzle Taped Shut

Police charged a South Carolina man with ill treatment of an animal and torture in a dog abuse case that has gained national attention.

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Caitlyn is recovering after she was found last week with her muzzle taped shut and her tongue stuck between her teeth. Via Charleston Animal Society/Facebook
Caitlyn is recovering after she was found last week with her muzzle taped shut and her tongue stuck between her teeth. Via Charleston Animal Society/Facebook
Stephanie Brown

Police have arrested a suspect in an animal cruelty case in which a dog had her muzzle taped shut so tightly it may cause permanent damage.

William Leonard Dodson, 41, of North Charleston, South Carolina, was charged with ill treatment of an animal involving cruelty, ABC News 4-WCIV reports.

Caitlyn, a 15-month-old chocolate Staffordshire Terrier mix, was found last week with her mouth taped shut with electrical tape, cutting off blood flow. Officials said they believe Caitlyn was like that for up to 48 hours.

Charleston Animal Society officials say the dog is still recovering and is being given hyperbaric treatments in an effort to save damaged tissue in her mouth.

#Caitlyn Update 6/1/2015Caitlyn continues to recover from her ordeal, but she is still hospitalized. She has graduated…

Posted by Charleston Animal Society on Monday, June 1, 2015

 
Dodson was given a bail amount of $50,000 Tuesday and was forced to surrender another dog found at his home, WCIV reports. The bond court judge told Dodson that he was no longer allowed to own pets.

Caitlyn was sold to Dodson last month, according to WCIV. Her former owners told the news station she was a rambunctious puppy and they feared she would cause them to be evicted.

It is unclear whether the former owners knew Dodson when they sold him the dog. When WCIV spoke to the former owners last week, they claimed not to know who had bought Caitlyn. However, an affidavit released during the bond hearing today shows they had known Dodson for a least a year and said he is “like a brother,” WCIV reports.

According to the affidavit, Caitlyn’s former owners sold her to Dodson on Memorial Day for $20. Dodson reportedly returned the following day and said he had taped the dog’s mouth shut because she would not stop barking, but the owners told WCIV he was laughing when he made that statement.

UPDATE 5/4/2015: Caitlyn is recovering after a successful surgery to have her jaw reconstructed and dead tissue removed. She’ll soon be available for foster care. Read about it here.

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  • I think if humans had done to them what they did to their animals, things would change real quick.

    georgia June 3, 2015 3:29 am Reply
  • ALL of these owners, past and current are monsters.After all the lies the former owners told(because they knew that they were in the wrong also) should be banned from owning any animals. TO HAVE ANIMALS YOU MUST BE RESPONSIBLE, PATIENT AND CARING AND TAKE TIME TO HELP IF THERE ARE ISSUES. THESE FORMER OWNERS DIDN’T WANT TO BOTHER SO THEY DID THE EASY THING AND SOLD THE POOR THING. AND WE WONDER WHY THERE ARE SO MANY HORROR STORIES OF ANIMALS BEING TORTURED, ABUSED AND KILLED. I HOPE THAT DODSON IS SEVERELY PUNISHED AND THE OLD OWNERS ARE BANNED FROM HAVING ANY ANIMAL AS THEY AREN’T RESPONSIBLE.

    H Ollon June 3, 2015 2:39 pm Reply
    • I agree and this is why we must have a National Register of Animal Abusers. It may not stop abuse, but it can help ID monsters like William Leonard Dodson and the previous owners. They didn’t know him all that well, or they are clueless, or they apparently don’t care. No excuses.

      KatWrangler June 3, 2015 4:28 pm Reply
    • The more I see about animal abuse and torture, the more I’m thinking an eye for an eye is becoming appropriate. William Leonard Dodson needs to be treated as the sick, twisted criminal he is.

      KatWrangler June 3, 2015 4:31 pm Reply
  • Did the former owners that ended up giving the tip to lead to Dodson’s arrest get the reward money? Are any charges being brought to them? When is Dodson going to trial? I have searched online and found nothing since the bond set.

    Tanya June 16, 2015 1:16 pm Reply
  • This is beyond sick sad Discusting, anyone that can hurt an Animal shouldn’t be aloud to breathe the air, these animals didn’t ask to be born have no say or choice but a hole people do, these babies gave a heart too and I’m appaulled that anyone could hurt any precious animal his mouth should be taped with Duck Taped And left on him to see how it’s feels, but he will get his KARMA, and Caitlyn honey you are safe now, and all I can say this SOB needs to burn in Hell.

    Dawn June 30, 2015 8:32 am Reply
  • I just feel for poor lil Catlyin, im so happy she is doing much better now, bless her and i hope she gets a wonderful new family. justice will be served, it has to.

    tara L. Eatman September 29, 2015 4:36 pm Reply

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