Arrest made in case of dog found with muzzle taped shut

Caitlyn's tongue was badly injured after her mouth was taped shut.

North Charleston police have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the animal cruelty case of Caitlyn, the dog that was found with her mouth taped shut.

William Leonard Dodson, of Quitman Street in North Charleston, was arrested Monday night in the area of Quitman and Calvert streets, and charged with ill treatment of animals-torture, according to police spokesman Spencer Pryor.

A 15-month-old chocolate Staffordshire called Caityln was found Wednesday in the Chicora neighborhood in North Charleston. Black electrical tape was wound tightly around her snout, trapping her tongue between her teeth for perhaps several days. Her plight went viral and drew sympathy and outrage around the world.

She has been recovering in the care of the Charleston Animal Society, which offered a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for taping her muzzle. The Humane Society of the United States also offered a $5,000 reward.

Dodson is expected to appear Tuesday for a bond hearing.

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