The woman who posted a photo of her Labrador with his muzzle duct-taped has been charged in animal cruelty in North Carolina.
On Friday, Katie Brown posted a photo of her chocolate Labrador with his muzzle duct-taped on Facebook.
“This is what happens when you dont (sic) shut up!!!” she wrote in the caption.
When her Facebook friends expressed their distaste she posted.
“Don’t panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since…POINT MADE!!! (sic),”
The post immediately went viral and sparked outrage among animal lovers worldwide.
On Saturday, South Daytona Beach police told NBC Connecticut that the alleged incident was believed to have happened in Florida. Prior to that South Daytona city officials posted on Facebook that police didn’t believe the woman was at her local residence in Florida. They first said she lives in Torrington and later that she lives in Avon, Connecticut where the incident happened.
In later statement South Daytona Police Lt. Dan Dietrich said the woman’s legal name is Katharine F. Lemansky. The lieutenant confirmed that they made contact with her adult son, who lives in Florida, and confirmed that she was en route to the state on Saturday.
The son told police that he had last heard from his mother since Saturday morning as she was passing through the Carolinas. He believes his mother may have shut her cell phone off after getting threatening calls in connection to the Facebook post.
On Monday, the police determined that the duct-taping incident actually occurred in Cary, North Carolina.
Police say Katharine Lemansky – whose Facebook page lists her name as Katie Brown – was staying in Cary with her Labrador dog, whose named is Brown, when the photo was taken. The police say the woman admitted the incident and has been charged with animal cruelty.
“Taping the dog’s muzzle shut was a terrible decision on Ms. Lemansky’s part, and charging her with animal cruelty under North Carolina law was the right thing to do,” said Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne. “At the same time, it’s important to also note that our animal control officers who physically examined both Brown and her littermate found the dogs to be very well cared for, which is why we did not and could not remove them from the owner. The dogs are current on their shots, spayed, and microchipped. They are clean and well-nourished and appear to be comfortable in their surroundings. And there were no signs of injury to Brown’s muzzle, not even detectable hair loss.”
If convicted, the animal cruelty charge carries a fine and possibly up to 150 days in jail. Lemansky must appear in Wake County court on December 14.