Police make arrest in case of South Carolina dog with muzzle taped shut

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Police in North Charleston, S.C., arrested a man on suspicion of taping shut the muzzle of a dog.

William Leonard Dodson, 41, was arrested on suspicion of the crime, WCIV reported. Dodson faces a charge of ill-treatment of an animal involving torture. Bond was set at $50,000 and he was also ordered to surrender another dog in his home to police.

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.

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 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 medical fund.

The dog started receiving hyperbaric treatments every 12 hours to improve the damaged tissue in her mouth and cold laser therapy to promote healing. She is eating on her own.

“We have the greatest of hopes for this beautiful girl,” Senior Director of Veterinary Care Lucy Fuller said.