NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina have arrested a man after a dog was
found with electrical tape around its muzzle last week.
Multiple news outlets report authorities say 41-year-old William Leonard Dodson of North
Charleston was arrested Monday night and charged with ill treatment of animals. It was not
clear if he has an attorney.
Caitlyn, a 15-month-old chocolate Staffordshire mix and a well-known stray in her North
Charleston neighborhood, showed up at a home with her mouth tightly bound.
Animal Society veterinarian Lucy Fuller initially said Caitlyn was in critical condition
because the tape cut off blood flow to her tongue. But vets say the dog showed signs of
progress over the weekend. Caitlyn is receiving hyperbaric and cold laser treatment to save
damaged tissue in her mouth.
An affidavit says a woman sold a dog named Diamond to Dodson on May 25 for $20. The next
night, according to the affidavit, Dodson told the woman he had taped the dogs mouth shut
because he was tired of her barking, and the dog got loose from her chain. The woman said
Dodson was laughing about it, according to the arrest affidavit. The woman knew Dodson and
identified him from a photo lineup.