Additional surgery unnecessary for abused dog Caitlyn

Caitlyn, the dog who was severely injured after her muzzle was taped shut, won’t have more surgery after all.

The dog who was severely injured after her muzzle was taped shut has bounced back from an earlier setback.

The Charleston Animal Society said Friday that the wound that opened up under Caitlyn’s chin is better and that additional surgery won’t be needed.

Dr. Henri Bianucci, the surgeon at Veterinary Specialty Care in Mount Pleasant who has been operating on the dog, was expected to possibly suture the wound again. But he told the nonprofit that now it’s unnecessary.

“All her original incisions are healed and after looking closely at the tissue under her chin, it looks better today,” the Animal Society tweeted.

Caitlyn had her lip and cheek reconstructed last week.

She was found in a North Charleston neighborhood on May 27 with her mouth bound so tightly with black electrical tape that her lips were smashed and her tongue had turned black.

William Leonard Dodson, 41, of Quitman Street in North Charleston was arrested on a felony charge of animal cruelty and remains in the Charleston County jail on $50,000 bail. The maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

The society has been raising money for Caitlyn and other injured animals through Toby’s Fund at charlestonanimalsociety.org. Donors from around the world have been responding.