Abused dog Caitlyn ready to enter foster care

Dr. Henri Bianucci of Veterinary Specialty Care with Caitlyn, the dog that was found with her muzzle taped shut.

Caitlyn, the dog that was found with her muzzle taped shut late last month, is reportedly doing great and is ready to enter foster care.

“She’s got a little bit of skin that might slough off her nose, but I think she is OK to go (into foster care),” said Dr. Henri Bianucci from Veterinary Speciality Care in Mount Pleasant, where Caitlyn has been recovering.

She will likely need some continued care, but she doesn’t appear to have any more big surgeries in her future, Bianucci said.

“For the most part, she’s going to be good to go in the next couple of days. She has a few wounds that will take a little more time,” he said.

“A panel of experts are working on finding Caitlyn a home,” said Kay Hyman, the Charleston Animal Society’s director of community engagement.

Members of that panel include Pearl Sutton, senior director of animal services; Aldwin Roman, anti-cruelty and outreach director; and members of the group’s foster team. They are looking at all of the people who have shown interest in fostering the dog that has become somewhat of a celebrity.

“She’s become a symbol of hope for people that the laws are going to change in our community, as far as the animals,” Hyman said.

North Charleston police arrested William Leonard Dodson, 41, of Charleston on June 1 in connection with the incident. He was charged with animal cruelty and his bail was set at $50,000.

Dodson faces from 180 days to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. The felony penalties are applied by state statute to a person convicted of acts such as torturing or cruelly killing an animal. He mutilated the dog and inflicted “excessive and unnecessary pain and suffering,” according to the arrest affidavit.