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South Carolina man, who duct taped puppy’s mouth shut in animal cruelty case sentenced to 5 years

March 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
South Carolina man, who duct taped puppy’s mouth shut in animal cruelty case sentenced to 5 years

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A 41-year-old, who duct taped a dog’s mouth closed in an animal cruelty case that horrified the world, was sentenced to five years behind bars on Friday.

William Dodson received the maximum sentence for taping shut the puppy’s mouth in 2015.

Pictures of her deformed snout and tongue went viral after she was discovered wandering the streets near Dodson’s residence in Charleston, South Carolina.

On Friday, he was sentenced to five years, which is the maximum punishment for animal cruelty, by Judge Markley Dennis who said he wanted to put him away for longer.

William Dodson, 41, was jailed for five years for animal cruelty on Friday

“I wish I could give you more,” he stated. However, Dodson will serve much longer time in jail but for an unrelated charge.

The day before his animal cruelty appearance, he was sentenced to 15 years for a gun charge originating from a traffic stop.

The two sentences will be served concurrently as part of a plea deal he accepted with prosecutors, the Daily Mail reported.

Caitlyn, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was found walking the streets in horrible pain back in May 2015.

Caitlyn was found wandering the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, in agony. Dodson had tightly wound duct tape around her snout nine times to try to get her to stop barking

Though a stray, she was well known to residents in the area who said she had a friendly demeanor.

Dodson wrapped the tape around her snout nine times to keep her barking. He also chained her up, but she managed to escape.

Caitlyn was in a critical condition when vets took her into their care.

Animal doctors were worried that they were going to have to amputate her tongue because its blood flow had been cut off for over 36 hours.

Veterinarians feared they would have to amputate Caitlyn’s tongue when they found her. She was also left with severe swelling around her mouth and nose

“She may be severely disfigured, or a large amount of dead tissue may cause life-threatening complications,” Dr. Lucy Fuller, the Senior Director of Veterinary Care at the Animal Society, said when the dog was first brought into their care.

Caitlyn had spent more than a day with the tape around her before she was saved.

“I remember seeing the fear … in her eyes. 36 hours of torture,” Aldwin Roman, Charleston Animal Society’s director of anti-cruelty and outreach, said after Dodson’s hearing on Friday.

The dog was eventually adopted but still suffers from anxiety and stress.

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