Man accused of taping dog’s muzzle shut appears in court

William Dodson, the man accused of taping Caitlyn the dog’s muzzle shut a few months ago, was in court today but chose to waive his preliminary hearing.

Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach with the Charleston Animal Society, Aldwin Roman, says, “I think he got scared away when he saw that the news was there. I really think he thought that this whole story had blown over and he was going to have a hearing without the media covering it, but it goes to show you this story isn’t going to go away. We’re not going to let it go away and the public has a right to know what’s going on in this case.”

Dodson was arrested on charges of felony ill treatment of animals and torture. He was in the courtroom for less than five minutes before choosing to skip the preliminary hearing. Aldwin Roman has worked closely with Caitlyn since she was found with her muzzle taped shut, and today was the first time he saw the man accused of abusing her.

Roman says, “Knowing Caitlyn, you know, she’s like barely a 40 pound dog and to see this guy walk in he was probably over 200 pounds. To see someone that big and that powerful take advantage of a creature that little and that defenseless, it just goes to show how cruel it is what he did and it makes me even more want to seek justice for her.”

Roman says Caitlyn is doing well. She is still with a foster family that takes her running every morning. The animal society says they are hoping that foster family will end up adopting her and says Caitlyn is a success story in more ways than one.

Roman says, “We got her and we thought she was going to pass away, but we were able to save her with the help of Veterinary Specialty Care and then she ends up with this wonderful family and we find the person that we believe is responsible, he gets charged, prosecuted. Just often times it’s lots of dead ends and animals that just never make it, so she has boosted our spirits as well and given us hope that this can happen for every single case that we come across.”

News 2 reached out to Dodson’s defense attorney for comment, but she has not returned the call. The next step in this case is the trial, however a trial date has not been set.

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