Puppy’s muzzle was badly taped shut, she nearly died, but now loves her new home

Caitlyn is a young dog who was discovered with her muzzle taped shut so tightly that it nearly killed her. One year after she was rescued, she became the focus of a series of fundraisers to help injured and abused animals. She has now found a loving forever family who takes care of her.

Caitlyn, a pit bull mix was discovered on a man’s porch when she was just 15 months old. According to ABC affiliate WCIV, when the South Carolina man discovered her with her muzzle taped shut, and tongue hanging out of her mound, he immediately called 9-1-1.

“I have a dog that’s here at my house that I found and the dog’s mouth is taped shut with electrical tape, tongue hanging out its mouth, bleeding, and his tongue is completely black,” he told the operator. “I just don’t know what to do.”

Caitlyn a pit bull mix was discovered on a porch with her muzzle taped shut.

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Right away, the dog was taken to Charleston Animal Society, where she received immediate medical treatment. The pooch reportedly screamed in agony when the tape was removed.

“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,” Aldwin Roman of the CAS told ABC news.

The pooch reportedly screamed in agony when the tape was removed.

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“To leave this dog in pain, unable to eat or drink… is heartbreaking,” Aldwin Roman of CAS said.

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Caitlyn required surgery to repair her badly torn cheek, and laser surgery for scaring. She also received hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Additional operations were required to repair a damaged salivary gland, and to preserve her tongue tissue.

The poor girl was nursed back to health at Charleston Animal Society.

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Caitlyn required surgery to repair her badly torn cheek, and laser surgery for scaring.

Treatment: Caitlyn is seen lying down next to a worker from the Charleston Animal Society; over the weekend she underwent hyperbaric and cold laser treatment to save damaged tissue in her mouth

The CAS organized a fundraiser in order to cover the costs of Caitlyn’s surgery, and through effective media promotion they brought in over $150,000—more than enough to cover her treatments. Leftover money was used to help the other animals under CAS care.

Caitlyn helped the Charleston Animal Society to raise nearly $400,000 for injured or abused animals.

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This was just the beginning of Caitlyn’s contribution to the cause of animal abuse. She also inspired cities all across the country to aim toward implementing harsher punishments on animal abusers. She also connected with singer/actor Rick Springfield and Food Network chef Alton Brown.

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The pooch was also featured in the Charleston Firefighters’ 2016 and 2017 calendar shoots.

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She participated in another CAS fundraiser for their ‘Lowcountry Giving Day’, which brought in $160,000; and yet another fundraiser in her name called, “Caitlyn’s Anti-Cruelty Fund’s Gala’, which raised a further $75,000. Besides that, she was also featured on magazine covers, and even in the Charleston Firefighters’ 2016 and 2017 calendar shoots.

Now Caitlyn loves snuggling with her new canine foster siblings.

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She thankfully now has a good home with a new forever family. She enjoys going for 5-mile runs with her mom, and she loves snuggling with her new canine foster siblings as well.

She also has a good home with a new forever family.

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