In Charleston, South Carolina, the man who committed one of the most heinous acts of animal cruelty to a puppy dubbed Caitlyn by tightly duct taping her muzzle so she couldn’t bark, eat or drink nearly three years ago, will soon be eligible for parole. William Leonard Dodson, 43, had been sentenced in the United States District Court for 15 years.
On May 27, 2015, Caitlyn arrived at Charleston Animal Society in critical condition. The Staffordshire bull terrier’s story went global after she was found with her tongue sticking out and swollen to twice its size. The electrical tape had been wrapped around her snout nine times. During an investigation into Caitlyn’s egregious cruel treatment, a witness told authorities that Dodson had complained the puppy barked too much after purchasing her for $20. When the dog broke free of her chain, she wandered off and was found as a stray. During her rehabilitation, Caitlyn lost part of her tongue and underwent repeated surgeries to enable her to recuperate. The dog has since become the namesake for abused animals through the Charleston Animal Society; her fund pays for veterinary care for dogs involved in cruelty and neglect cases.
Dodson’s sentence was the end result stemming from drugs and gun possession charges. Having a record of multiple past felonies, the 15-year sentence was the mandatory minimum term. His sentence was to scheduled to be followed up with two years of probation. The charges carried up to life. In addition, he was charged with felony ill treatment of an animal, and was sentenced to five years – running concurrently with the federal drug and weapon conviction. Dodson made no apologies for what he did, and Judge R. Markley Dennis Jr. told him that he wished the sentence could be longer
“Please go to https://www.dppps.sc.gov/
Victim-Services/ Parole-Hearing-Explanation/ Oppose-Parole-or-Pardon-for -an-Offender You will need William Dodson’s name and SCDC # (00371880) BE A VOICE FOR CAITLYN!”
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