Man accused of abusing Caitlyn the dog waives preliminary hearing

Published: Oct. 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2015 at 3:25 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - William Dodson appeared for a preliminary hearing Monday at 10 a.m., in conjunction with his arrest in the animal abuse case of Caitlyn, the dog.

Dodson waived his right to the hearing and will remain in jail pending a trial. A trial date has not yet been announced.   
He was charged with animal cruelty last June.

Court documents state Dodson purchased Caitlyn, a Staffie mix, on Memorial Day for $20. He told investigators he taped her muzzle shut because she would not stop barking.

Since the incident, Caitlyn has reportedly been doing well in foster care.

A medical report from Veterinary Emergency Care described the dog's muzzle as "markedly swollen with evidence of tape around its muzzle," and its tongue as "significantly swollen, significantly bruised, discolored (dark purple) and oozing blood," court documents from June state.

The dog underwent surgery to repair her cheek and lips in July. Officials say she lost less than one-eighth of her tongue. 
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