Man charged in infamous animal cruelty case to be sentenced

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Animal lovers are sure to be packed into a Charleston County courtroom Friday.

The Charleston Animal Society says a hearing will be held Friday morning in the case of Caitlyn the Dog.

Caitlyn was found with her muzzle duct taped shut back in may of 2015. Thanks to CAS and their Toby's Fund, Caitlyn has bounced back and found her happy ending.

Her story went global since she was discovered bleeding with her tongue sticking out and she was named People Magazine's Best Survival Story of 2015.

Read more about Caitlyn here.

William Dodson later pleaded guilty to ill treatment of animals.

The animal society says Dodson's sentencing for the plea in the case is at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Charleston County courthouse.

They said he faces between 180 days and five years in prison along with a fine of $5,000.

Dodson also faces charges in unrelated cases involving drugs and weapons. He was sentenced to 15 years to be followed by two years probation.

United States Attorney Beth Drake released the following information.

Evidence presented at the change of plea and sentencing hearings established that officers with the North Charleston Police Department initiated a traffic stop on Dodson and Dodson fled on foot. As Dodson ran from law enforcement, he threw a loaded Beretta 9 mm handgun, along with marijuana and cocaine, which law enforcement recovered after Dodson was apprehended. Dodson has multiple prior felony convictions, including four prior convictions for possessing of narcotics with intent to distribute.

We will update this story when more information becomes available.

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