Man Gets Maximum Sentence For Bounding Dog's Muzzle With Electrical Tape

A Charleston, South Carolina, man who wrapped electrical tape around a dog's muzzle has been sentenced to five years in jail.

William Leonard Dodson, 42, was handed down his sentence on Friday, one day after he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for an unrelated federal gun charge. The additional five years recommended by Judge Dennis will not extend his total prison time as he will serve both charges simultaneously.

William Dodson received the maximum sentence for forcing shut Caitlyn the puppy's mouth in 2015. The dog had been taken to the Charleston Animal Society, where they had taken the tape off her muzzle after over a day. He also chained her up but she escaped. "To leave this dog in pain, unable to eat or drink and to now leave her in the position where her life is at stake because she may lose her tongue is heartbreaking". Prosecutors say that during a drive to Atlanta to "re-up his drug supply", he was overheard on the phone saying, "I had to do it. We're going to do everything that we can within the law to get justice for victims of animal abuse", he said while holding Caitlyn in his arms. "I think this sends a message that. we're not going to let this stuff slide anymore", Aldwin Roman, the society's director of anti-cruelty and outreach, told The Post and Carrier.

Veterinarians feared they would have to amputate Caitlyn's tongue when they found her.

Caitlyn, a female staffie-mix, had her jaw wound so tightly that its tongue turned black.

"She may live 15 years and I guarantee she's gonna live a nice 15 years compared to the person who put her where she is", Dr. Henry Bianucci said.

The case sparked worldwide outrage after photos of Caitlyn's tightly bound snout spread on social media. Only a few hours from death, Caitlyn required emergency surgery and weeks of treatment to recover.

  • Carolyn Briggs