When Caitlyn arrived at Charleston Animal SocietyCaitlyn being cared for after arriving at Charleston Animal SocietyCaitlyn a couple days after initial treatment at Charleston Animal SocietyCaitlyn with Charleton Animal Societys Director of Anti-Cruelty & Outreach -Aldwin RomanCaitlyn receiving laser therapy at Veterinary Speciality Care in Mt Pleasant SCFirefighter Josh Allen visiting with Caitlyn a couple days before their photo shoot togetherCaitlyn relaxing in the Vanity Salon Style Bus before her calendar modeling debutCaitlyn living it up as a modelCaitlyn was a natural in front of the cameraCaitlyn with FirefightersCaitlyn with Firefighters 2Caitlyn practicing her autographCaitlyn during her Huffington Post live interview July 7 2015Best buds Caitlyn snuggling with her foster brother OreoFirefighter Josh Allen visiting Caitlyn after the calendar shoot – July 24 2015Looking good Caitlyn! – August 2015Caitlyn is an ambassador for all shelter animals

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Make a difference in the lives of abused animals.

Just like the dedicated members of the Greater Charleston Fire Departments, the most important thing we do at Charleston Animal Society is save lives. We invite you to join us and our Firefighters and be a Guardian Angel for abused animals by giving monthly to Caitlyn’s Anti-Cruelty Fund. For less than a dollar a day, you can make a difference in the lives of abused animals.

For 142 years, Charleston Animal Society has worked to prevent cruelty to animals. We are the leader in South Carolina for saving at risk animals and we are the first No Kill Community in the Southeastern United States. We save lives, just like our Firefighters. We never turn an animal away. Thousands of abused, neglected, injured and abandoned animals enter our doors each year, because of our Guardian Angels, we can give them a second chance at the life and love they deserve. None of this would be possible without recurring monthly gifts from our Guardian Angels. In 2015 Charleston Animal Society staff was involved with 273 cruelty cases, as a Guardian Angel you will provide medical treatment for animal cruelty victims, help with outreach efforts to prevent abuse, neglect and abandonment and fight to bring animal abusers to justice in our courts.

Becoming a Guardian Angel is easy and the most effective way to prevent cruelty and provide love, warmth and comfort to abused animals. We are their protectors, their defenders….their guardian angels.

Caitlyn Abuser Admits Animal Cruelty in Court

August 8, 2016

William Leonard Dodson Pleads Guilty

William Leonard Dodson, 42, of Quitman Street in North Charleston plead guilty to a felony charge of ill-treatment of an animal Monday, for taping the muzzle of the staffie-mix female dog, Caitlyn, in May 2015. His sentencing for the plea will take place at a later date. Dodson faces from 180 days to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Dodson also faces charges in unrelated cases involving drugs and weapons.

On May 27, 2015, Caitlyn was found in North Charleston, with her muzzle clamped so tightly with electrical tape that her tongue had turned black. Pictures of her swollen muzzle went viral, and her story of survival drew worldwide attention and raised awareness of animal cruelty. “Her story is inspiring to so many people for so many different reasons,” said Charleston Animal Society Director of Community Engagement Kay Hyman. “It’s important to remember that a number of studies have a drawn a link between the abuse of animals and violence against people. We need to all find solutions to stop this cycle.”

Caitlyn continues to recover from anxiety and stress she developed after the trauma she endured at the hands of Dodson. She is currently living with a loving foster family and will remain in foster care with Charleston Animal Society. “Our number one priority is Caitlyn’s health and well-being and we are attending to special needs she has and will continue to do so,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore.

Caitlyn’s story has been told on Facebook, CNN, BBC, People Magazine and other media outlets around the world. The hashtag #IamCaitlyn came to represent millions of other abused animals around the world. In the past year, Charleston Animal Society’s Anti-Cruelty Team has investigated cases across Charleston County involving dogs, cats, horses and rabbits. Charleston Animal Society also assisted in cruelty cases around the country, spearheaded by the ASPCA.

“Today’s plea shows progress, but cruelty laws in South Carolina still lag behind the rest of the country and are in great need of improvement,” said Charleston Animal Society Director of Anti-Cruelty and Outreach Aldwin Roman. “We are committed to working with lawmakers, police and prosecutors to make sure justice is done for all animals who are abused like Caitlyn.”

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