Parole denied for Caitlyn abuser William Dodson

William Dodson sits in a parole hearing in Columbia on the morning on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. During the hearing he said he had little remorse for the abuse of Caitlyn the Dog. (WCIV)

UPDATE: The man convicted on a felony charge of ill-treatment of an animal in a Charleston dog abuse case that attracted attention from around the world appeared before a parole board Wednesday.

William Dodson, serving a 5-year sentence said he has little remorse for what he did. The parole board at Evans Correctional Institution subsequently denied his parole.

- Full update available here -


Later this morning, a convicted animal abuser will be up for parole. William Dodson has served six months of a maximum 5-year sentence.

He's the one who taped Caitlyn the Dog's mouth shut in 2015.

Officials with the Charleston Animal Society have one request this morning -- oppose the parole of Caitlyn's abuser.

A judge gave Dodson a maximum sentence for animal cruelty back in March. Dodson pleaded guilty to a felony charge of ill-treatment of an animal. Now that he's up for parole, animal advocated argue he hasn't served enough time.

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

"It's about sending a message," said Aldwin Roman, director of animal cruelty at the Charleston Animal Society. "...We're not going to tolerate something like this. Not only in our county but our city and our state.

Currently Caitlyn is living with a foster family. We're told she's happy and healthy.

If you can't be in Columbia for the hearing you can go CLICK HERE to oppose Dodson's parole.

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