In Charleston, South Carolina, the man charged with felony animal cruelty for taping the muzzle of a Staffordshire puppy named Caitlyn, pleaded guilty, reports the Charleston Animal Society on their Facebook page.
William Leonard Dodson, 42, of Quitman Street in North Charleston, pleaded guilty to the mistreatment of an animal in court on Monday morning and is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
“Today’s plea shows progress, but cruelty laws in South Carolina still lag behind the rest of the country and are in great need of improvement,” stated Charleston Animal Society Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach Aldwin Roman. “We are committed to working with lawmakers, police and prosecutors to make sure justice is done for all animals who are abused like Caitlyn.”
“It’s important to remember that a number of studies have drawn a link between the abuse of animals and violence against people. We need to all find solutions to stop this cycle,” reiterated the organization’s director of community engagement, Kay Hyman.
“Our number one priority is Caitlyn’s health and well-being and we are attending to special needs she has and will continue to do so,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore.