SC dog found with muzzle taped shut gains national support


This week multiple media outlets reported a dog was found in Charleston with its muzzle taped closed with electrical tape.

The Charleston Animal Society – where the dog is being treated – said in a statement the dog, named Caitlyn, is a 15-month-old Chocolate Staffie mix.

Caitlyn was a stray in a North Charleston neighborhood and is described by residents as friendly.

The dog showed up on someone’s porch and was transported to the Charleston Animal Society.

Caitlyn was last seen by residents on Memorial Day and was found Wednesday.

“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, in a statement Thursday.

“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. ”

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

As of Friday morning the initial call for help on Facebook had more than 8,000 shares.

Anyone wanting to donate to Caitlyn’s care can go here.

Charleston Animal Society said the dog will be ready for transport to a specialty facility Saturday.

Follow the non-profit on Facebook here.


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