William Dodson — widely known as the “Caitlyn the dog abuser” after he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty last year — was denied parole Wednesday morning.
He will serve out the six-month remainder of his sentence.
In March, the 43-year-old was sentenced to serve five years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to felony ill treatment of animals, with credit for time served stretching back to June 2015, court records show.
At a parole hearing in Columbia on Wednesday morning, the seven-member board unanimously denied parole for Dodson, said Peter O’Boyle, spokesman for S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
Also attending was at least one anti-animal-cruelty activist group and representatives from the Charleston Animal Society, O’Boyle said.
“I wanted to make sure the parole board understood the severity of this case and how … not only the scars Caitlyn has on her nose still are visible today, she also has emotional scars,” said Kay Hyman, who is director of community engagement for the Charleston Animal Society during a livestream broadcast on the group’s Facebook page.