CRIME

Police arrest South Carolina man after dog's mouth is wrapped shut with electrical tape

Police in South Carolina have arrested a man after a dog was found with electrical tape wrapped around its muzzle.

Multiple news outlets report authorities say 41-year-old William Leonard Dodson of North Charleston was arrested Monday night, charged with ill treatment of animals. It was not clear if he has an attorney.

Caitlyn, a 15-month-old chocolate Staffordshire mix and a well-known stray in her neighborhood, showed up last week at a home with her mouth tightly bound.

Animal Society veterinarian Lucy Fuller initially said Caitlyn was in critical condition because the tape cut off blood to her tongue. But vets say Caitlyn made progress over the weekend. Caitlyn is receiving hyperbaric and cold laser treatment to save damaged tissue in her mouth.

Dodson is jailed with bond set at $50,000.