NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — This afternoon William Dodson, 42, was led into a North Charleston courtroom and plead guilty to the charges he faced for binding Caitlyn’s snout closed with electrical tape in May of 2015. The Staffordshire Terrier mix suffered permanent facial scars, anxiety, and trauma as a result of his most heinous act of animal abuse. When found Caitlyn was in critical condition, as she’d been unable to eat, drink or pant for days, and the Charleston Animal Society was uncertain whether Caitlyn could be saved.
Thanks to the efforts of the team at Veterinary Specialty Care SC Caitlyn’s recovery was nothing short of miraculous. Caitlyn’s finally had her day in court. And this was a day that many who have been following her case closely have waited for. Dodson stood before the court and admitted his guilt. He now faces between 180 days to five years in prison for his ill-treatment of animals charges. He will be sentenced at a later date. Dodson also faces other charges on unrelated weapons and narcotics offenses.
Adlwin Roman, Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach at Charleston Animal Society released a statement immediately following his guilty plea:
“Today’s plea shows progress, but cruelty laws in South Carolina still lag behind the rest of the country and are in great need of improvement. We are committed to working with lawmakers, police and prosecutors to make sure justice is done for all animals who are abused like Caitlyn.”
Caitlyn, who unfortunately still suffers from anxiety as a result of Dodson’s abuse will remain in the care of her foster family. The Charleston Animal Society is committed to her “health, and well-being”, and have stated they will continue to ensure she receives the training, care and attention she requires to work through the trauma she suffered as a result of her time with Dodson. Those that support Cailtyn are hopeful that Dodson will receive the strictest of penalties, with maximum jail time, to send the message that such abuse will not be tolerated, and abusers will face the full force of the law.
With today guilty plea, there’s finally been some element of Justice For Cailtyn.