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CHARLESTON, SC – The 43-year-old man who wrapped electrical tape around his dog’s muzzle to stop her from barking has been sentenced to five years in prison.

William Dodson, 43, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after he chained his 15-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier outside before wrapping her muzzle nine times with electrical tape.

The dog “Caitlyn” escaped and was found later in critical condition as the tape had cut off blood flow to her tongue. It took veterinarians at the Animal Society 36 hours to unravel the tape. Caitlyn survived but required multiple surgeries and lost part of her tongue.

According to Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore, Caitlyn is now living with a new family and thriving, but continued to suffer from anxiety and stress.

Dodson received five years in prison for what he did to his dog – the state’s maximum for animal cruelty. “I wish I could give you more,” said Judge Markley Dennis.

This sentence was handed down a day after Dodson was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a gun charge he got in a 2015 traffic stop. Prosecutors say Dodson tossed a loaded pistol and drugs as he ran from police.

However, this newer sentence will not prolong Dodson’s prison stay as his plea agreement states he will serve the two sentences simultaneously. Pfffft.

But still, this sentence at least shows prosecutors in South Carolina are not tolerating animal cruelty in their state and, hopefully, work at making animal cruelty punishment a lot stiffer.

“We’re going to do everything we can within the law to stop this, and then we’re going to go beyond and change our laws and make them stronger,” said Aldwin Roman, Charleston Animal Society’s director of anti-cruelty and outreach.

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Compared to what Caitlyn looked like when her pictures first hit social media, I’d say she is making a remarkable recovery. Kudos to everyone who had a hand in it.

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  • Not enough time. I hope Bubba thinks he has a prudy mouth ????

  • Old Man Metal

    Wrap that fat head in electrical tape and let all the other inmates call him Caitlyn.

  • Isabelle Anne Abraham

    Omg, just saw the pics of her muzzle taped shut. Horrifying. An eternity of hell is not good enough for this bastard.

  • IronWoobie

    While I’m glad that he got this sentence, I wish that the teenage bitch who threw her newborn baby out the window had gotten at least that much jail time.

  • Hope someone plugs his mouth while he is in…

  • Nedly Mandingo IV

    Yet a dipshit woman threw her newborn out a second story window and killed her only gets probation and told to take her Facebook page down. Makes total sense.

  • 5years isn’t long enough for animal cruelty.

  • Overpopulation. And dogs are cuter and not as annoying.

  • Valerie

    I had the same thought.

  • 36 hours of surgery to unravel the tape. 36 hours that could have been spent helping countless animals. Poor dog. Useless abuser, criminal, waste of space.

  • I would love to see him brutalized repeatedly.

  • Give him death

  • DxSxB

    Hope that 5 years includes having his fuck face mouth duct taped shut, hold his nose too… I love animals more than humans because as much as they love us unconditionally, these people fuck them over so don’t care if he suffers the worst death possible, treat him the way he treats another MORE loving and living being…

  • Elizabeth McCarthy

    Ugliest guy in the world. Wrap electrical tape 9 times around his junk and leave it. That poor dog went through hell, he deserves the same treatment. I’m glad he’s finally going to pay.

  • Kenny Lee

    So sad. It’s really easy to train a dog to not bark insistently. When a dog is barking for no apparent reason, just grab the dog by the snout and gently but firmly using your palm give the dog a tap to the nose. After a few times the dog will get the message.

  • Useless waste of space

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    You would think a newborn baby would want it’s privacy now and then but nooo they just want to kick it constantly.

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    I pray that he gets his ass kicked everyday he’s behind bars.

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  • Good. I hope he gets his ass ripped apart in there too. Piece of shit.

  • IronWoobie

    Well, the little psycho should have either used birth control or kept her legs shut if she couldn’t handle the potential consequences of having sex.

  • Tape his d–k shut n see what happens, asshole

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    How the hell did it take 36 hours to remove the tape? Couldn’t they have just put a pair of scissors between the mouth and the tape and just cut?

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    This is PHENOMENAL. I just wish more douchebags would get similar sentences….For starters, Michael Vick, who caused the DEATH of many animals….not to mention the torture to those that survived….Or how about the worthless individuals who harm children, etc. I’m not complaining about this sentence, by any means, just disturbed others weren’t held to the same (or a more accordingly severe standards, as per their crimes)

  • I3ird

    Depends on the parents, in all accounts….Don’t blame children for their breeding; you clearly don’t blame dogs for theirs….

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