The man convicted of putting electrical tape around the muzzle of Caitlyn the dog in North Charleston two years ago, was denied parole at a hearing on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Caitlyn, a staffie-mix, nearly died after the abuse, as she was unable to eat, drink or defend herself.
A parole official told Charleston Animal Society that “thousands of people” contacted the parole board to oppose William Dodson of North Charleston’s release. Dodson was sentenced to 5 years in prison in March 2017, after pleading guilty to a felony charge of ill-treatment of an animal. At the time, the judge in the case called Caitlyn the dog’s ordeal, “hell on Earth.”
“To the thousands who contacted the parole board, we want to thank you for being Caitlyn’s voice,” said Charleston Animal Society Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach Aldwin Roman. Dodson is currently being held at Evans Correctional Institution in Bennettsville, SC.
“Despite her awful ordeal, Caitlyn continues to raise awareness about the harsh reality of animal abuse that continues in South Carolina and around the country,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore. “At the parole hearing, South Carolina stood up and said, ‘NO MORE.’” In 2016, Charleston Animal Society assisted 114 victims of abuse.
An anti-cruelty fund to fight cruelty wherever it exists, was set up by Charleston Animal Society in Caitlyn’s honor and has raised thousands of dollars since it began. You can give at www.CharlestonAnimalSociety.org/caitlyn.