According to Caitlyn’s Comeback, on October 11, the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services denied parole for Caitlyn the dog’s abuser. William Dodson will remain behind bars for that crime for the next six months.
The Charleston Animal Society has been working for justice for the Staffie who, in 2015, was found roaming the streets with her muzzle bound shut with electrical tape. Prosecutors believed she had been in that condition for at least 36 hours. After he was arrested, Dodson claimed he did it because ‘she wouldn’t stop barking’.
Though the physical scars from her torture are still visible, and she’s undergone several reconstructive surgeries, her enthusiasm for her life now is a joy to behold. The Director of Charleston’s anti-cruelty wing, Aldwin Roman, stated,
“She’s getting to finally be a normal dog. She goes for walks, running, goes to the beach, playing, and she can bark. She can bark as much as she wants and no one is going to try to tape her mouth shut ever again.”
The seven member parole board unanimously denied Dodson his parole. Members of Charleston Animal Society and local animal advocates were also present at the hearing to represent for Caitlyn. Earlier in the week, the public were asked to speak out for Caitlyn.
At his original sentencing in March, the judge in the case called Caitlyn’s ordeal “hell on Earth”, sentencing 43-year-old Dodson to five years in prison for felony mistreatment of animals. He was partially credited with time served, but will now serve the remaining six months of that sentence. After that time, he will be transferred to federal prison for charges unrelated to Caitlyn’s case.
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