Mount Pleasant, SC (WCBD) – The South Carolina Parole Board denied parole for the man convicted of taping a dog’s mouth shut in 2015.
In March, William Dodson was sentenced to five years in prison to run concurrent with a 15 year federal weapon sentence after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of ill-treatment of an animal.
The Parole Board’s hearing on Wednesday came just seven months into Dodson’s sentence.
The Charleston Animal Society launched a campaign against his release, urging its supporters to sign an online petition against parole.
“We hope people will take the time to oppose Dodson’s parole, because we want to send a clear message that animal cruelty should not be tolerated in South Carolina,” said Aldwin Roman, the animal society’s director of anti-cruelty and outreach.
Roman traveled to Columbia to testify at the parole hearing.
Following the denial of parole, Dodson is expected to return to the Evans Correctional Institution in Bennettsville.