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Dog Found Muzzled with Electrical Tape in Critical Condition
5/28/2015 2:43:28 PM

Caitlyn, with her muzzle taped shut
In a shocking case of cruelty, a North Charleston dog was found on a Good Samaritan’s doorstep, with its muzzle taped shut.  Caitlyn, a 15-month-old Chocolate Staffie Mix, was a well-known stray in the Chicora Cherokee neighborhood, and was regarded as very friendly.   Last seen on Memorial Day by neighbors, Caitlyn turned up early Wednesday morning on a person’s doorstep, with electrical tape tightly wound around her muzzle. 
The tape was so tight, that Caitlyn’s tongue was caught between her teeth, stopping blood flow to her tongue.  It’s believed the tape was on Caitlyn for up to 36-48 hours.  “Caitlyn is in a lot of pain, her condition is critical, and her prognosis is guarded,” said Charleston Animal Society Senior Director of Veterinary Care, Dr. Lucy Fuller, DVM, “A large part of her tongue may need to be removed surgically if the tissue dies from the lack of blood flow.  She may be severely disfigured, or the large amount of dead tissue may cause life-threatening complications. “  Caitlyn may be sent to a specialty veterinarian for additional treatment as soon as Thursday morning.

To help the Animal Society save Caitlyn and others like her, please give to Toby's Fund for medical care at
“This is the most malicious case of animal abuse I have seen in my entire career,” said Charleston Animal Society Director of Anti-Cruelty & Outreach Aldwin Roman, “to leave this dog in pain, unable to eat or drink and to now leave her in the position where her life is at stake because she may lose her tongue is heartbreaking.”

North Charleston Animal Control is investigating the case and looking for whoever is responsible.  Charleston Animal Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.  If convicted of ill treatment of an animal, the guilty could face up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Source via Charleston Animal Society

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