Caitlyn, the 15-month-old pup whose muzzle was wrapped shut with electrical wire came out of surgery on Wednesday. Her surgeon is confident that she will make a full recovery after.
She is a stray chocolate Staffordshire.
The dog’s ordeal began when her muzzle was wrapped shut with electrical tape. Caitlin spent several days with her mouth shut until Charleston rescuers finally freed her. She was brought to the Veterinary Specialty Care Center in Mount Pleasant and on Wednesday, she underwent plastic surgery to have her torn lips and cheek repaired.
Despite the fact that the surgery took a bit longer than expected, things are looking optimistic. According to Charleston Animal Society spokeswoman, Kay Hyman, Caitlyn lost minimal tongue use because of her surgeon’s efforts to remove as little as possible of her torn tongue. In the end, Dr. Henri Bianucci managed to preserve the majority of the pup’s tongue.
Caitlyn has the best chances of recovering from her injuries, Bianucci said, and return to her normal daily routines, including eating and drinking normally.
“We have the greatest of hopes for this beautiful girl,” the Veterinary Care Center’s Senior Director, Lucy Fuller said.
Caitlyn the dog will continue to undergo treatment, which includes hyperbaric chamber sessions aimed at reducing the swelling and daily dead tissue removal sessions.
Caitlin managed to capture the hearts of millions of dog-lovers across the world after being found severely injured.
Authorities have already arrested a suspect on Monday, William Leonard Dodson. The 41-year-old North Charleston resident was charged with felony animal cruelty and ill treatment of animals. He is being held in the Charleston County Jail. If convicted, Dodson could be facing as much as five years in prison as well as a fine. His bail was set at $50,000.
Sympathizers with Caitlyn’s situation have already taken a stand, starting petitions and asking for more severe punishments in the case of animal cruelty cases.
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