Man arrested after dog found in SC with muzzle taped shut denied bond

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – A man who was arrested in connection to a dog found with her muzzle taped shut in South Carolina has been denied bond.

WISHTV reported that a judge ruled July 17 that 41-year-old William Leonard Dodson must remain jailed because he is a flight risk.

Dodson remains jailed under a $50,000 bond. He faces a charge of ill-treatment of an animal involving torture, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

A Staffordshire bull terrier mix, now named Caitlyn, was found in May with her mouth forced shut with electrical tape in North Charleston, S.C.

Her former owners said they sold her for $10. A few days later, the dog showed up in their yard with black electrical tape wound around her muzzle.

The tape was so tight that her tongue was caught between her teeth, according to officials. The dog may have been left in that condition for up to 48 hours.

When doctors removed the tape, her muzzle swelled to about double its normal size.

The dog was named Diamond, but rescuers renamed her Caitlyn. The Charleston Animal Society is covered Caitlyn’s surgical costs. She’s expected to make a full recovery.

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