“I wish I could give you more,” Judge Markley Dennis told William Dodson in court.
The 43-year-old South Carolina man has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for wrapping electrical tape around a dog's muzzle to prevent her from barking. This reflects the state's maximum sentence for animal cruelty and goes to show that this behavior won't be tolerated.
William who was out on bail at the time, had chained the then-15-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier mix outside after wrapping her muzzle 9 times with electrical tape. The dog escaped and was found in critical condition. The tape had cut off blood flow to her tongue, which then required repeated surgeries where she ended up losing part of her tongue.
Veterinarians at the Animal Society unraveled the tape an estimated 36 hours after it was applied.
“I remember seeing the fear … in her eyes,” Roman said. “That was 36 hours of torture.”
Today, Caitlyn is thriving in a foster home, that may become her forever home.
Caitlyn and her foster brother Oero, have become fast friends are often found playing and snuggling together.
We are hoping that this beautiful pup has a story with a happy ending.