Caitlyn, the dog found with her muzzle taped shut, got a special visitor Friday afternoon.
Louis, the dog that was found impaled on a tree limb on Wadmalaw Island last month, was visiting Veterinary Speciality Care in Mount Pleasant to get some intravenous fluids, according to his foster mom. At one point, Louis wandered over to Caitlyn’s area and the two sniffed at each other through the gate.
Caitlyn is doing very well after surgery earlier this week to reconstruct the parts of her face that were most damaged by the tape, according to Dr. Henri Bianucci, the primary surgeon on her care.
“Basically, her lips were disconnected” on the left side, Bianucci said Friday. Reconstruction was necessary so Caitlyn could hold food in her mouth. The surgery took about 21/2 hours, which was a little longer than Bianucci initially thought it would be.
In all, Bianucci thinks Caitlyn lost no more than an eighth of her tongue. “Her tongue, I think, will be at almost 90 percent of its previous function.”
In response to all the attention the dog has been getting nationwide, Bianucci thinks it’s because this was “such a betrayal.”
William Leonard Dodson, 41, of Quitman Street in North Charleston was arrested Monday 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.
“She had to trust (Dodson) enough to let him put that tape on there,” Bianucci said. “That’s such a cruel act because it cuts that dog off from the world. It can’t defend itself. It can’t cry out for help. It can’t eat or drink water.”
Despite that, Caitlyn continues to recover and was even yawning earlier today, indicating that she is regaining her range of motion. “I don’t think it will be restricted,” Bianucci said.
And for those wondering how Louis is doing: “He’s doing great,” Bianucci said.