William Dodson is going to be spending the next 15 years in prison. Five of those he owes to taping his pit bull Caitlyn’s mouth and nose shut for 36 hours nearly two years ago.

The 15 years Dodson will serve for a weapons possession charge is the mandatory minimum, and the five years for animal cruelty will be served concurrently. However, after seeing images of the dog’s engorged snout on social media, wrapped around nine times with electrical tape, many, including Circuit Judge Markley Dennis, said they would have preferred a much stricter sentencing.

“I’m not trying to be mean,” Judge Dennis told Dodson in court, “But I wish I could give you more.”

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Caitlyn the dog thanks Assistant Solicitor Ted Corvey for sticking with her case for almost two years and for getting the maximum sentence for her abuser! #JusticeforCaitlyn #IamCaitlyn #adoptatcas

Dodson, multiple felons, has been behind bars since June 2015, a day before North Charleston police officers found and rescued Caitlyn from further abuse. He was arrested after trying to conceal marijuana, cocaine, and a loaded pistol and running from police. The following day, a neighbor found Caitlyn and called animal control.justice_caitlyn

Caitlyn is now happy in her new home and enjoys playing with her family every chance she gets. The Charleston Animal Shelter, much like the rest of the world, is in love with Caitlyn, and it’s not hard to see why. Visit the shelter’s Facebook page for more videos of this lovable pup!