Judge orders $50K bond for guy implicated of muzzling pet dog with tape

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The 41-year-old guy implicated of taping a 15-month-old canine’s muzzle shut last week was issued a $50,000 bond Tuesday early morning, and told he should give up another canine at his house.

William Leonard Dodson was arrested Monday night in the abuse case of Caitlyn, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix who was discovered last week with electrical tape wrapped around her muzzle, according to North Charleston Cops representative Spencer Pryor.

Dodson, who has actually been accuseded of animal ruthlessness, was provided a $50,000 surety bond Tuesday by Magistrate Priscilla Baldwin..

He likewise should surrender a 2nd pet dog he has at his residence, Baldwin purchased.

Court documents allege Dodson acquired the pet dog, which was known as “Diamond” at the time, for $20 on May 25. A witness who said she sold him the canine informed investigators Dodson approached the female who offered him the pet dog and said he had actually taped the pet dog’s face with electrical tape due to the fact that she would not stop barking. The witness stated Dodson was chuckling about the claim, court files state.

Dodson likewise apparently told the witness he had chained the pet dog in his front yard but that the dog had actually broken totally free and escaped, the affidavit states.

The pet dog was discovered the following day, Wednesday early morning, on somebody’s doorstep with electrical tape wrapped around her muzzle.

A medical report from Veterinary Emergency Care described the canine’s muzzle as “noticeably inflamed with evidence of tape around its muzzle,” and its tongue as “substantially swollen, considerably bruised, stained (dark purple) and oozing blood,” court files state.

The person who brought Caitlyn to the Charleston Animal Society said the canine was popular in the Chicora Cherokee area and is regarded as friendly, but was not thought to have an owner, officials state.

“We are encouraging of the NCPD’s examination and hope justice will be served in this case,” stated CAS Director of Neighborhood Engagement Kay Hyman. “We are excited for whomever dedicated this criminal offense to be held liable and punished to the max degree of the law, which continues to be among the country’s weakest.”

When Caitlyn wased initially generated to the Charleston Animal Society, the organization’s Senior Director of Veterinary Care, Dr. Lucy Fuller, said a large part of her tongue may have to be removed since it had ended up being caught in between her teeth and lost blood circulation.”She may be significantly disfigured, or the big quantity of dead tissue may cause deadly issues,” Fuller said.

Nevertheless, over the weekend, Caitlyn has actually been getting hyperbaric and cold laser treatment to conserve damaged tissue in her mouth and has been revealing signs of development.

Veterinarians at a specialty care center in Mount Pleasant say they are waiting to see just how much she can recover on her own prior to deciding on surgical treatment.

Dr. Henry Bianucci, who is treating the canine, stated Caitlyn is remaining to recuperate but has a way to go. Bianucci said on Tuesday that Caitlyn is responding well to treatment for pain, and will certainly require reconstructive surgery on one side of her face.

He said he is enthusiastic that she will become positioned with a foster family.

Hyman states more than 50 people have already revealed interest in embracing Caitlyn when she is released, but states any individual can contact the Charleston Animal Society to have their name added to the list.

Anybody who wants to contribute can visit Toby’s Fund on the Charleston Animal Society’s websites.

Aldwin Roman, an investigator for CAS, stated it’s the worst cases of animal ruthlessness he’s ever seen.

“Her life is not going to be simple even if she entirely recuperates,” Roman stated.” [Caitlyn] is going to be completely disfigured and permanently handicapped for the rest of her life. She’s recovery however the damage is done.”

An animal ruthlessness conviction is a felony, selling a 5 year fine or $5,000 fine.

At the time of his arrest, Dodson was serving probation for ownership of a gun by a founded guilty felon.

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