NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WTNH)– A 15-month-old dog who was found with her mouth tightly bound with electrical tape is recovering after surgery yesterday.
According to ABC News, the chocolate Staffordshire terrier mix named Caitlyn was found last Wednesday on a porch in North Charleston, South Carolina. The resident of the home called 911 when police and an anti-cruelty outreach center responded and took her for treatment.
A member of the Charleston Animal Society wrote on the group’s Facebook that “this is the most malicious case of animal abuse I have seen in my entire career. 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.”
Caitlyn’s primary physician, Dr. Lucy Fuller, told ABC News that the dog’s mouth was wound so tightly with the electrical tape for 24 to 26 hours, that it made her tongue solid black and her lip and mouth “cartoonishly swollen.”
“It cut off blood flow to her nose. And without blood, the tissue there didn’t get enough oxygen. Those cells go into shock, so they slow down, stop and eventually die,” said Fuller.
Fuller wanted to treat the cells before they died by giving her hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatment and laser treatments that increase oxygen in cells. Caitlyn also received cosmetic surgery to fix her face. The surgeries took longer than expected at two hours long and Caitlyn did lose part of her tongue but she come a long way and is making a “miraculous recovery.”
As for who did this to her, 41-year-old William Dodson, was later arrested on animal cruelty charges, along with separate gun and drug charges. He is being held on $50,000 bond.