Parole denied for man convicted of abusing Caitlyn the dog

William Leonard Dodson, 41, is being charged with ill treatment of animals and torture. He was found in the area of Quitman Street and Calvert Street. He is expected to be in bond court on Tuesday.

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.


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