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Man sentenced to only five years in prison for taping dog’s muzzle (should have gotten death penalty)

Anna Iovine: ‘A South Carolina man has been sentenced to five years in prison after putting his dog through what was called “36 hours of torture.” 43-year-old William Dodson was sentenced the state’s maximum amount of time for animal cruelty for wrapping electrical tape around his dog’s mouth to stop her from barking. This came one day after Dodson was given 15 years for a federal gun violation that occurred months before animal cruelty. The dog, named Caitlyn, had to undergo reconstructive surgery. Her muzzle was swollen and her tongue had turned black from lack of blood circulation.

While the sentencing is the maximum amount for the charge, Dodson’s prison time will not be extended beyond 15 years due to the gun charge. “I’m not trying to be mean,” Circuit Judge Markley Dennis told the North Charleston resident, “but I wish I could give you more.” The photo of Caitlyn, a then-15-month-old Staffordshire mix, went viral when the initial story broke in 2015′. SOURCE…

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