NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Judge Roger Young has spoken: William Leonard Dodson will remain jailed until he faces trial for ill treatment of animals. Dodson was arrested and charged in early June for allegedly binding Caitlyn’s, Chocolate Staffie, mouth shut with electrical tape over the long weekend in May.
Dodson, 41, was not physically present in court. His bond had been set for $50,000 in June, but after hearing all sides, and reviewing all the evidence, Judge Young was concerned for the public’s safety and Dodson’s bail was revoked.
Dodson’s lawyer, public defender Meagan Gentry, claimed that the only evidence of her client’s involvement in this crime was the witness’ statements of others. Prosecutors successfully argued that Dodson was already on probation and had recently been released on bail for weapon’s offenses. Judge Young was concerned about alleged threats Dodson has made and his lengthy criminal record.
Aldwin Roman, an investigator with the Charleston Animal Society, spoke of why Dodson should remain jailed, without the possibility of bail, citing the connection between violence towards animals escalating, and evolving to involve humans.
As 3MillionDogs previously reported, court documents indicated that Dodson had laughed about the incident that critically injured Caitlyn. Dodson is believed to have bound her mouth shut after Caitlyn, then known as “Diamond”, wouldn’t stop barking. He then, allegedly, chained her in his front yard, but she was able to break free. Once found, Caitlyn was rushed to receive emergency treatment.
Today, Caitlyn is thriving in her foster home. As 3MillionDogs has reported, this home may indeed be her forever home. Caitlyn and her foster brother, Oreo, have made fast friends. They’re often found snuggling up together when they’re not playing a game of tug.
At this time, no trial date has been set for Dodson, but one thing’s certain; he’s not going anywhere. Dodson will remain jailed.