- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials in South Carolina say the surgery on Caitlyn, the dog who was severely injured after her muzzle was taped shut, took a little longer than expected but the surgeon is optimistic about her recovery.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that the surgery was performed at Veterinary Specialty Care in Mount Pleasant on Tuesday. A spokeswoman says Caitlyn had her lip and cheek reconstructed, but only lost minimal function of her tongue.

Caitlyn, a stray 15-month-old chocolate Staffordshire mix, showed up at a home last Wednesday with her mouth tightly bound with black electrical tape.

Authorities say 41-year-old William Leonard Dodson of North Charleston was arrested Monday and charged with ill treatment of animals. He remains in Charleston County Jail. It wasn’t clear if he has an attorney.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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