Health Improving for Pit Bull Whose Mouth Was Taped Shut

Caitlin recovering after suffering severe animal abuse.
Caitlin recovering after suffering severe animal abuse.

Caitlin is a 15-month-old pit bull found in North Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday morning with her mouth taped shut.

The tape, which may have been there for as long as two days before Caitlin was discovered, was so tight that it cut off circulation to the dog’s tongue. It wasn’t clear at first whether she would live.

Dr. Lucy Fuller, veterinarian for the Charleston Animal Society, which assumed Caitlin’s care, said in a statement on Thursday that the dog’s condition was “critical, and her prognosis is guarded.”

On Friday, Caitlin’s prospects seemed better, Charleston Animal Society spokeswoman Kay Hyman told The Huffington Post.

“She is still really swollen, but she’s walking. … She was eating small portions of food,” Hyman said. “Today, I feel much more at ease.”

Caitlin's injuries when she was brought to the Animal Society caused after her abusive owners taped her mouth shut.
Caitlin’s injuries when she was brought to the Animal Society caused after her abusive owners taped her mouth shut. I say lets find the horrible persons or persons who did these, put them under the jail, and give the reward to the Charleston Animal facility for all the good things that they are doing!

$1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for taping Caitlin’s mouth shut. The North Charleston police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the investigation.

Hyman said the shelter has been overwhelmed by messages of support from those who have been moved by Caitlin’s story — along with hundreds of donations that have been made to the shelter’s medical fund, which is used to care for sick and injured homeless animals.

So many donations have been made in Caitlin’s name, Hyman said, that staff hasn’t yet been able to process them all.

In addition to financial and emotional support, and helping law enforcement find those responsible for the cruelty, Hyman said people can adopt a pet, or take in a foster animal — from the Charleston Animal Society, or from their local shelter.

“Right now we have 100 adult dogs,” Hyman said. “What we really need for them to do is make room for another dog.”

I never ask you guys to do things for me BUT this time I am begging you to PLEASE DONATE whatever you can to this shelter even if it is $5.00 because they are doing so much good when most shelters would have put this sweet puppy down so let's support the good guys who are doing the right thing!
I never ask you guys to do things for me BUT this time I am begging you to PLEASE DONATE whatever you can to this shelter even if it is $5.00 because they are doing so much good when most shelters would have put this sweet puppy down so let’s support the good guys who are doing the right thing! – Your Humble Columnist Josh Ferguson (The Information War).

Caitlin, meantime, has been transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital. She is on antibiotics to stave off infection, and is undergoing regular hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions, to promote healing.
Hyman said it’s likely Caitlin will need to have portions of her mouth and tongue amputated. Veterinarians are waiting to see how successful her current treatment is before surgery.
And through all of this, this dog — who was microchipped, and had been spayed by the shelter about a year ago, though the phone numbers associated with her then-owners are disconnected — has been loving and affectionate with shelter and veterinary staff.
“When you see how sweet she is, that makes it more horrific,” Hyman said.

Look at the love she is getting. She like so many animals are abused and just want someone to hold them and make them feel safe.
Look at the love she is getting. She like so many animals are abused and just want someone to hold them and make them feel safe.

Follow Caitlin’s progress on the Charleston Animal Society Facebook page.

Contribute to the shelter’s medical fund here.

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