Just one day before he was set to face sentencing for the 2015 abuse of Caitlyn the dog, William Leonard Dodson was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on unrelated weapons and drug charges.
The 43-year old North Charleston, South Carolina man has been behind bars since June 2015 when his dog, now known around the world as Caitlyn, was found with electrical tape tightly wound around her muzzle, limiting her breathing, restricting blood flow to her tongue and face, making it impossible for her to eat or drink, and inflicting serious, life-threatening pain and suffering.
In March, 2015, Dodson was arrested after fleeing from North Carolina police after a traffic stop. While running from police, he tossed a Baretta 9mm handgun, along with marijuana and cocaine. He was captured and arrested. While out on bond two months later, he purchased Caitlyn, then named ‘Diamond’ from a neighbor for $10. Two days later, when her previous owner stepped outside to leave for work, he found his former dog on the front porch, her muzzle taped shut. Apparently the dog had returned to the only home she knew for help.
Dodson was arrested in June, 2015, a week after Caitlyn was found and, with assistance from Caitlyn’s original owner, the…