Target: R. Keith Summey, Mayor of North Charleston
Goal: Prosecute man who allegedly taped the muzzle of a dog shut.
A dog was found with electrical tape bound tightly around her muzzle, according to an article from ABC4 out of Charleston. The 15-month-old dog had electrical tape bound so tightly around her muzzle that her tongue was sticking out, caught between her teeth. For up to 48 hours, the dog was in excruciating pain; she couldn’t eat, drink, or properly breathe. Veterinarians say that the dog, named Caitlyn, may need to have a large chunk of her tongue removed due to lack of blood flow for an extended period of time.
In one extremely graphic photo, Caitlyn is shown with part of the tape removed from her muzzle. Her tongue is blackened and a large ring-shaped gash circles her snout, which is pink and swollen. In addition, dogs cool their bodies by panting–Caitlyn was not able to do that in the humid Charleston environment. Although it’s reported that she is doing well, veterinarians worry that the dead tissue resulting from her injury may develop into a life-threatening condition. People around the world have heard Caitlyn’s heartbreaking story and have rushed to provide donations for her.
Though Caitlyn is safe now, this incident has spawned a wave of anger. Who would do such a terribly cruel thing to an innocent animal? Who would bind the muzzle of a dog in such an agonizing manner and send it out into the world with no way to eat, drink, or defend itself? The suspect could face a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison. Authorities arrested William Dodson is connection with the crime and he has been charged with ill treatment of animals.
Authorities should rigorously prosecute those who commit such acts against animals. Sign this petition to encourage Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey to use his influence in the community to ensure that Dodson is prosecuted to the highest extent possible.
Dear Mr. Summey,
As I’m sure you are aware, a dog was recently found in North Charleston with its muzzle taped shut. The electrical tape was wound around her muzzle so tightly that her tongue was forced out of her mouth. Vets are concerned that she may need to have a large portion of her tongue removed due to possible tissue death caused by lack of blood flow. This astonishingly cruel act is likely to leave this innocent animal severely disfigured. Veterinarians are worried that her dying tissue may lead to life-threatening complications.
I am sure that you are disgusted by this horrendously cruel act every bit as much as I am. People should not be allowed to get away with these types of acts. I am very happy to hear that an arrest has been made, and I would like to ask you, as mayor of North Charleston, to join us in demanding the highest possible sentence for the man responsible if he’s found guilty.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: elizabeth tersigni