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South Carolina

Man arrested for animal cruelty after Staffie found with mouth taped shut

Warning: This article contains a graphic photo of the dog’s injuries.

**WARNING: This article contains a graphic image some people may find distressing**

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A MAN IN SOUTH Carlolina has been arrested for animal cruelty after a Staffie called Caitlyn was found with her mouth taped shut, causing serious injuries to the dog’s face.

The 15-month-old dog was found last week in North Charleston with black electrical tape wound tightly around her snout, as the graphic picture below shows.

The Charleston Animal Society, which has been taking care of the injured dog, said she showed up at a person’s doorstep on Wednesday last week.

The tape around her mouth was so tight, that her tongue was caught between her teeth, stopping the blood flow. It is believed she had been in this state for up to 48 hours.

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“This is the most malicious case of animal abuse I have seen in my entire career,” said Charleston Animal Society Director of Anti-Cruelty & Outreach Aldwin Roman, “to leave this dog in pain, unable to eat or drink and to now leave her in the position where her life is at stake because she may lose her tongue is heartbreaking.”

Police in North Charleston have confirmed they arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the case. He has been charged with ill-treatment of animals.

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Though Caitlyn is doing well, the animal charity said she still has a long way to go and faces surgery to repair her lips and possibly her tongue.

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