Police arrest South Carolina man after dog found with muzzle taped shut

Caitlyn, named by rescuers, receives treatment at Veterinary Specialty Care in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Tuesday June 2, 2015. 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. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP)
Caitlyn, named by rescuers, receives treatment at Veterinary Specialty Care in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Tuesday June 2, 2015. 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. (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP)

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 dog’s 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.

Dodson is jailed on $50,000 bond.

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