NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Animal Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who wrapped electrical tape so tightly around a dog's muzzle that it may have to have part of its tongue removed.
Caitlyn, a 15-month-old chocolate Staffie mix, appeared on a person's doorstep in North Charleston Wednesday morning with electrical tape wrapped around her muzzle. The stray dog is well-known in the Chicora Cherokee neighborhood and is regarded as being friendly, according to CAS.
Officials say Caitlyn's tongue was stuck between her teeth, stopping the blood flow to her tongue. According to a veterinarian, her muzzle was likely taped shut for 36 to 48 hours.
"A large part of her tongue may need to be removed surgically if the tissue dies from the lack of blood flow," said Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Veterinary Care, Dr. Lucy Fuller, DVM. "She may be severely disfigured, or the large amount of dead tissue may cause life-threatening complications."
Officials say Caitlyn is doing well given her condition, and will be transferred Friday to a specialty care center to continue treatment.
North Charleston police are investigating the incident. A $1,000 reward is being offered by CAS for information leading to the suspect's arrest.