Caitlyn, the Dog Found With Her Muzzle Taped, One Year Later

Because of the widespread media attention, over $150,000 was donated for her care. Far more than needed, the excess has been used to help other abused animals.

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Remember Caitlyn?  She was the dog who was found with her muzzle taped so tightly closed that it nearly killed her.  But now, one year later, she’s been the face for scads of fundraisers for abused and injured animals, and is thriving in her foster home, which is soon to be her forever home.

The 15-month-old chocolate pit bull mix was found on the porch of a South Carolina resident who called 911 after seeing what horrible shape she was in.


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“I have a dog that’s here at my house that I found and the dog’s mouth is taped shut with electrical tape, tongue hanging out its mouth, bleeding, and his tongue is completely black,” a 911 caller said, according to ABC affiliate WCIV. “I just don’t know what to do.”

She was taken to Charleston Animal Society, who got her immediate medical attention.  The blood flow had been completely cut off from her tongue, making the situation quite delicate.  When the tape was removed, Caitlyn screamed in excruciating pain.


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“To leave this dog in pain, unable to eat or drink, and to now leave her in the position where her life is at stake because she may lose her tongue is heartbreaking,” said Aldwin Roman of the CAS.

Caitlyn needed surgery on her badly lacerated cheek, numerous laser surgeries for facial scarring, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, and surgery on a wounded salivary gland.  Cold laser therapy and the oxygen treatments greatly reduced the amount of tissue loss from her tongue damage.


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A fundraiser was set up for her care, and because of the widespread media attention, over $150,000 was donated.  This is far more than she needed, and the excess has been used to help all the other animals in need at CAS.

Caitlyn overcame her horrific treatment to become a canine ambassador for abuse victims, and her story has inspired cities nationwide to harshen punishments against animal abusers.  At their requests, she met singer/actor Rick Springfield and chef Alton Brown of Food Network when they were in the area.


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She’s been featured on magazine covers and even posed with Charleston firefighters for their 2016 and 2017 calendars, the proceeds of which go to CAS’ medical fund.  On May 3rd, $160,000 was raised during CAS’ Lowcountry Giving Day, partly because of Caitlyn’s presence.  And most recently, she was the guest of honor at Caitlyn’s Anti-Cruelty Fund’s gala, which raised another $75,000.

Much of this is possible thanks to the wonderful foster family that has been caring for Caitlyn since last June.  She loves playing and snuggling with her foster siblings – canine and human, and going for five-mile runs with her mom.  When the trial for her abuser is finished this summer, she will no longer be a foster dog, but a forever dog.


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51 thoughts on “Caitlyn, the Dog Found With Her Muzzle Taped, One Year Later

  1. I hope they found the creep that did this. We need to tape his or her mouth shut for a few days…Unbelievable how people have become….sick sick sick person to have done this to a poor innocent animal.
    We need to start throwing these misfits in jail and lose the keys.

    1. I wondered what happened to this lovely dog… even though he is scarred he looks so happy…did they ever find who committed this crime?

      1. Do people who comment only read the first paragraph of articles? Read the WHOLE THING! It says what happened to the dog, what her future will be & that of her abuser.

        1. Amen! I see this all the time. Especially on sale sites. All info is on it and people turn around and ask questions that’s clearly stated.

          1. Blame it on No Child Left Behind and the shift in public education from teaching to the smartest kid in the class and the rest of the class struggling to stay even…to teaching to the slowest kid in the class while the rest of the class daydreams.

          1. Not at all stupid to comment about the abuser. Read the article! It ends with “When the trial for her abuser is finished this summer, she will no longer be a foster dog, but a forever dog.” Summer is long over. Presumably, the abuser was sentenced. Maybe the shelter knows what sentence the abuser received. I will contact to find out.

      2. As I recall, the guy got her for $10 from some woman and got tired of her barking so taped her mouth shut. Then the guy bragged about it, the woman heard about it and told authorities. You can find some of this information if you go back a year or so on the Charleston Animal Society’s Facebook page. I would like to know what happens to this scum.

    2. I agree. This story was so sad, imagine that his tongue was literally black no oxygen it is a miracle that the dog survived. The ting that hurts the most is that dogs just love nconditionally they do not care about how you look what you weigh or how much money you have, they just want to be loved and taken care of. Not much to ask for the joy that they give back.

    3. Do you remember Caitlyn the “Pit Bull”from South Carolina?
      A resident who called 911 after seeing what horrible shape she was in.
      “I have a dog that’s here at my house that I found and the dog’s mouth is taped shut with electrical tape, tongue hanging out its mouth, bleeding, and his tongue is completely black,” a 911 caller said, according to ABC affiliate WCIV. “I just don’t know what to do.
      ”She was taken to Charleston Animal Society, who got her immediate medical attention. The blood flow had been completely cut off from her tongue, making the situation quite delicate. When the tape was removed, Caitlyn screamed in excruciating pain.
      Caitlyn’s owner got five years foe animal cruelty but is up for parole October 11th 2017.
      Wulliam Dodson’s number is SCPC 00371880
      Please send a special request to the parole board something along the line of:

      I oppose William Dodson’s parole on the following grounds
      1)extreme cruelty to an animal

      2) sadistic enjoyment of the animal’s suffering.

      3) he should not be allowed to own a other pet. In fact legislation should be passed against individuals like this. Animal cruelty will not be tolerated in this country.

  2. Melanie , As I was sitting here looking over news that interests me I noticed this situation about Caitlyn ; I stopped…. had a good hard cry . As I read on about Caitlyn and thought to myself.her past maybe nothing but hardships she has had to over come but her future is amazing . She has had to over come so much hate , anger , abuse , neglect , and only she knows in her mind what it was like . I did notice her story from a picture awhile back I saw online with that muzzle taped to her face and just looking at her face I was afraid to read on for fear of a much worse turn out for her . As I am now reading your article on Caitlyn and see that amazing things have come her way and other animals because of her it fills me with more Hope for us all . As for the Criminal’s involved with her abuse I am in agreement with others here as to what should happen to them . Thank you for posting this and I am elated to see that happy endings really do come true .

  3. Animal abuse of this sort is rampant in the South. Not to say it cannot nor does not happen in other areas, but it happens in the South and in major US cities that have a high “minority” population. I know that some people reading this will claim to be “outraged” but you know exactly what I am talking about. Every town has an area of where these ‘people” can be seen having these poor animals tied out on chains and ropes in a backyard, or the dogs are wandering the streets. These “people” only own an animal to show off to others of their ilk, or to guard the property, or for breeding and pit or ring fighting purposes. Like everything else that they do in life, they bring pain, despair, and trouble for the innocent animals and for other people.

    You know who I’m talking about.

    1. Really? Really? You are an IDIOT raised by shallow rollers. Go to the library, big building with books and assuming you can read, read the history of dog fighting and abuse. When you’re done, just run right into traffic and do the world a favor. People like you need to back to your caves and keep playing with the excrement that runs out of the backside cause your need to blame minorities for everything just proves who the real problems are in the world.

    2. I can’t even believe what I just read. You are an absolute disgrace. Did you know if you lived in the UK and wrote that you would get prosecuted? Dear god, I despair that people like you exist.

    3. Yeah. Hate to say it but you are right a thousand percent. But you forgot to say the real truth. It’s poor black people. They treat animals like crap bc they are animals themselves

      1. Well I am a Afro American. I am sorry you feel that way. I rescued a pit bull from the shelter not to fight her but to give her a loving home. Today she is healthy happy and loves people she has no anger against any human because she was shown love and respect, and she deeply feels that everyday.

        1. Kay says on—- You know it’s a sad time when a person has to identify his race…heartbreaking. It’s like all that MLK did for all people back in the 60s is just for naught now. I’m white by the way and remember MLK and the Kennedy brothers as well even though I was only 10 yrs old. Thank god my mom raised us kids to be color blind.. Thanks for rescuing your dog and oh yeah, I rescued one too ?????

  4. It states in the article “When the trial for her abuser is finished this summer, she will no longer be a foster dog but a forever dog” I hope her abuser spends a long time in prison and never harms another animal.

    1. This disgusting NIG-GAR should be hung by his nuts and beat to death!! Sewer waste is all “it” is.
      There are Black People who work and support their families,are responsible
      human beings ! I welcome as a person no color noticed.This piece of S#!T
      dodson needs to be humbled !!

      1. Aww im so glad this gorgeous thing was ok bastards u must be sick the fuckin head u dont deserve fresh air u absalute scum of earth big hugs little pooch x

  5. Who the hell are you and where do you get your information? I take it that you live in an area such as you mentioned otherwise how would you know…. unless you are just as the “people” you mentioned. How dare you suggest that this type of abuse only come from a certain demographic. I live in the “Dirty South” and I don’t see what you see. Needless to say it’s not isolated only to the south,

    Not to make light of this incidence but this is an animal (with no soul) and does not deserve this kind of abuse…but there is human abuse which happens everyday. Inflicted upon “people” of all ages and nationalities not just in the south or where you live in your nice town/city, but in all areas. Not just “certain areas” but all over the world.

    So PLEASE don’t suggest that there’s a certain area or class of people for certain crimes and abusiveness.

    I’m very glad that Caitlyn is fine now and well taken care of. Thanks to a group of people with enough compassion to move. Who knows where they live.

    You would have done well not to say anything at all.

    1. WELL LET ME SEE… Demographics…. Furgeson, Mo. New York, Harlem, Queens…. get the point? So why dont you just quit your crybaby pouting

      1. Go figure. Painsville Ohio 22 yr old black kid rlthrewca 3 month old puppy out a 6 story window. Mind you Painsville is a shit hole full of crack heads and losers. So amen to the pw4son who had balls to shout out to the pieces of shit who know what she and I are talking about. So go spew you holier than art thou shit on another thread.

    2. I am both mobile groomer and also work at a low income veterinary hospital. I have been working in the depressed urban areas in my state for the past 10 years and I hate to tell you, I see it all the time unfortunately. Though I have seen it in the white depressed areas as well but not as prevalent. I think it’s both a poor a “street hood” mentality (Umm, whites and Latino and others live in the hood too) but you go to these back woods trailer trash places and you see ignorance and cruelty there too. So it’s not just a urban thing.

      I also work on the other end of the spectrum in some very affluent areas and oddly enough I have never seen a single case thus far and not to say it never happens but I have yet to see it.

      Look at theses show like Animal Plant’s Animal Cops and the majority the poor. Go to other countries and look who’s abusing the animals and once again it’s the poor depressed ones that usually doing the horrific acts on the animals.

      Do the poor need more entertainment? Is this a case of Momma beat me or I was never shown love so I don’t know how to show love? I can’t say you need to be educated to know you don’t hurt another life, but there is some control or power or anger there to do these things and where it stems from I am clueless.

      All in all I can only go by the facts presented to me and what I seen on tv or drive by or go to or brought to me in my line of work. I see dogs so matted where it looks like a wool sweater was put on the dog and then washed in hot water and shrunk and dried stuck to their backs. The all (not some but all) the hair is so tight to the skin whereas you can hardly get a clipper or scissors through and the dogs can’t relieve itself or eat properly because they are so tied up on sheets of mats on their faces and privates. So I am either dealing with a animal so horrified and anger it has no idea if I am the good guy or bad guy or you have the other one who just know your there to free them out of there torcher chamber of hair.

      1. It is a recorded fact that the black people in America overall have a distinct culture to go along with their ebonics (language). It is indeed of a primitive origin associated with the slave experience and tribes of Africa. This culture has different values and world-view. Don’t foist white euro-Christian ideals onto them and be flabbergasted when they don’t think or act like you wish they would. Just accept the fact that unless there is some more serious education in the black schools, it will only get more pronounced as another generation goes into the general social mix having these primitive attitudes. I have looked into it and the truth isn’t that hard to find.

  6. This sob will have to pay for his bad karma for many lives to come. May God bless the dog with love and support.

  7. If anyone wants to comme about my spelling go for it. I am so pissed off causecafter that person posted the comment about demographics right away she got backlash. Well the responses would not have been so meaningful if there was no truth. ,. Poor dog, I hope the rape him over and over 9n prison. Piece of shit

  8. Every ‘ demographic’ has it’s psychologically impaired.. So at the end of the day… Sickos come in all colors, just the same as good, decent people do.. So keep that racism to yourself please. I’m just happy for the way things turned out for Caitlyn…. BY THE WAY..I’M AFRICAN AMERICAN, AND I WOULD NEVER SUPPORT OR CONDONE ABUSE, BE IT HUMAN OR ANIMAL.. RT

    1. Very well said.
      There is good and bad in every race, colour creed and community. The main thing is that the animal is safe now thank god and we should all concentatre on that, not who has what and lives where.
      If we all worked togther we could do so much more good, I am white and English, I do not consider myself better or worse than anyone else who has written a comment on here.
      We all started reading this article for the same reason, to discover the outcome of the story, hoping and praying the dog survived and the abuser was punished.
      Black, white, yellow, green or blue if we could only work together we can help save more creatures and hopefully overcome any racial, colour or community differences that people have. We all seem to have the same goal, if we can focus on that and not the colour of the person standing beside us we will acheive things so much quicker, get a better understanding of people before judging and most importantly save more lives,

  9. Love that this animal is rescued and has a chance at a good and happy life. Do not agree that the animal has no soul. Too bad so many want to take offense at the truth. Minorities are very big into torturing and neglecting animals. Truth is hard for some to accept. Those that are mad about it …well that it tough. You will live with it. Don’t like it try to clean up the barbaric mistreatment of animals rather than defend against the truth.

  10. I know it is not politically correct to say it and I do not paint a broad brush for all black people but what they said is unfortunately true. I cringe every time I have to drive thru a certain part of town i live very close too. I am praying not to have to stop and rescue yet another animal. They simply do not care about the animals nor have the money to tend to them properly. I have spoken to a black co worker about this and he said it is true most black people in the hood think of animals as disposable and an inconvenience. And if they do have a pet it is usually not for love or companionship. More likely for so called protection or financial gain. He said it not me…It saddens me when i see an animal running loose over there. Im like..well there goes a dead animal. I can not save them all but I have picked up and rescued many of them. He said it was the way they are raised. To take care of the babies and not have enough money or time for the animals. Kind of like survival mode and animals suffer for the circumstances they are born in geographically. Even if someone in the home is concerned and loving to an animal there is someone else near that person that would harm it or forbid the relationship. It is part of the culture and the lack of education regarding the needs and intelligence of animals. But mostly a way to control people around them by hurting something they love or keeping them from it and throwing it out in the cold and starving it or even kicking or killing the animal. He said the way of life is such a hardship and frustration and anger is taken out on women and children and animals. I have no hatred just sadness for these people and the unfortunate animals that get the short end of the stick.

  11. Thank you Melanie for keeping people up to date with this story, Thank god for the South Carolina resident who called 911, and for all the people who worked so hard to save Caitlyn.

    If there are people out there that know of an animal or person that is suffering neglect, Cruelty or abuse but are frightened to take action or speak out hopefully they will get some strengh from this story and do the right thing and SPEAK OUT, If they need to do it anonymously due to being scared of repercussion then do it anonymously, as long as they do it. Without their help, strength of character and conscience someone or something may not survive.
    We all need help at some point in our lives, lets start working together.

  12. I didn’t want to comment about the “race” issue and the fact that so many want to label Black people monsters. White people never want to comment on the fact that it is white people who commit the most heinous crimes in our society. Who is most likely to snatch your child off the road and kill them? A white person. Who is most likely to snatch your child off the road and hold them captive for years? A white person. Who is most likely to be a monstrous serial killer? A white person. Who is most likely to be in an ambush TV series showing obnoxious old men going to meet a kid for sex? A white person. Who is most likely to have assassinated someone famous? A white person. Who is most likely to have committed the most heinous financial crimes? A white person. My brother once told me all the horrific things white soldiers would do to animals while in combat overseas. I could keep going. And whether true or not, people want to make Black people out to be despicable humans because they have been cruel to animals????? I will take that sin ANY DAY over the sadistic sins of white people. White people can never make Black people out to be the worse race, which is what commenters want to imply. Put the truth in your pipe & smoke it.


  14. Some of you need to remember This comment section is for Caitlyn and her story, I sobbed wheni first read about her. I am so glad she can now be an advocate for abused animals, I also love her smile? Lots of luv for u Caitlyn you are an inspiration!!

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