Caitlyn the dog’s life nearly came to an untimely end in late May after someone cruelly taped shut the 15-month-old pooch’s muzzle with duct tape.
Now things are moving forward for the lovable chocolate Staffordshire Terrier mix from North Charleston, South Carolina, who has stolen hearts around the globe. After receiving extensive medical treatment, Caitlyn moved into a medical foster home Tuesday where she will stay for the next several months, reports the Daily Mail.
Two large pinkish scars stretching from one side of Caitlyn’s snout to the other are all that physically remain of her harrowing ordeal. Facebook posts by the Charleston Animal Society show the cute canine is happy, doing well and ready to get on with the next phase of her life.
And what better way to celebrate her new “leash” on life than to hang out with a bunch of hot firefighters!
Caitlyn did just that recently when she took part in a photo shoot with 12 of South Carolina’s bravest for an upcoming calendar. All proceeds from calendar sales reportedly will go to Charleston Animal Society’s Toby’s Fund, which helps ailing animals.
As Petcha first reported after the incident, doctors said they thought Caitlyn may lose her tongue, be severely disfigured and may suffer life-threatening complications. However, they were able to save a much more tissue than expected, due to the use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and cold laser therapy.
Caitlyn will remain in her foster home until she can be adopted next year. She remains the center of a criminal investigation targeting her previous owner, William Dobson, 41, who was arrested last month, accused of animal cruelty, and currently out on a $50,000 bond, Daily Mail reports.