William Dodson, a man from Charleston, South Carolina, who was sentenced to five years in prison for abusing Caitlyn the dog in 2015, was recently denied parole, according to parole board spokesman Peter O’Boyle.
The hearing, held on October 11th, was attended by the Charleston Animal Society and several other organizations whose members voiced their recommendations for Dodson to the parole board, WCSC reports. The board also asked more than 250,000 Facebook followers to state their concerns to the online court system – and received a huge response.
“The website crashed so something happened,” Caitlyn’s case investigator and director of anti-cruelty at the Charleston Animal Society, Aldwin Roman, told WCSC. “I would assume the website probably wasn’t ready for that kind of response. Animals don’t have a voice. They cannot stand up for themselves. They can’t advocate for themselves so we have to do that for them.”
Caitlyn, a Staffordshire bull terrier mix, was found by a South Carolina resident with electrical tape tightly wrapped around her muzzle, cutting off all circulation to her nose and tongue. At the time, she was just 15-months-old, but she was thankfully taken under the wing of Charleston Animal Society and has managed to recover despite the extensive damage that the abuse had caused. She’s now a happy, loving dog.
Dodson, the man responsible for the crime, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, although for a different reason – on a weapons possession charge, after he had been caught with drugs and a gun. He also had multiple felonies in the past. In March 2017, Dodson, who plead guilty to the abuse of the dog, was sentenced to five years in prison for the act of animal cruelty and is now serving the sentence concurrently with the 15-year one.
We wish that more cases involving animal abusers ended with this sort of action, but unfortunately, abusers go without punishment more frequently then you might think. We can all help play a role in protecting animals from abuse by speaking out on their behalf. For more tips on how to spot animal cruelty and report it, click here.
Image source: Charleston Animal Society/Facebook