William Dodson is going to be spending the next 15 years in prison. Five of those he owes to taping his pit bull Caitlyn’s mouth and nose shut for 36 hours nearly two years ago.
The 15 years Dodson will serve for a weapons possession charge is the mandatory minimum, and the five years for animal cruelty will be served concurrently. However, after seeing images of the dog’s engorged snout on social media, wrapped around nine times with electrical tape, many, including Circuit Judge Markley Dennis, said they would have preferred a much stricter sentencing.
“I’m not trying to be mean,” Judge Dennis told Dodson in court, “But I wish I could give you more.”
Dodson, a multiple felon, has been behind bars since June 2015, a day before North Charleston police officers found and rescued Caitlyn from further abuse. He was arrested after trying to conceal marijuana, cocaine, and a loaded pistol and running from police. The following day, a neighbor found Caitlyn and called animal control.