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Credit: From Charleston Animal Society.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The 15-month-old pit bull mix found in North Charleston with her mouth forced shut with electrical tape may lose as much as a quarter of her tongue, veterinarians told ABCNews4 Tuesday.

Dogs, however, are able to compensate even when half the tongue has been removed, veterinarians said.

The injured dog, named Caitlyn, has been responding well to treatment. Veterinarians have been removing dead tissue from her face and hyperbaric treatments have brought down the swelling. The tape was bound so tightly around her muzzle that her tongue was caught between her teeth.

Next up: doctors will reconstruct her lip and the side of her face, and remove any dead or dying parts of the tongue.

The man accused of taping Caitlyn’s face is in jail under a $50,000 bond. William Leonard Dodson, 41, of North Charleston was arrested Monday night and charged with ill treatment of an animal involving torture.