CARY, North Carolina-- A woman has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after posting a photo on her Facebook page showing her dog's mouth duct-taped shut.
A photo was posted on a Facebook page under the name Katie Brown. It said, “This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!” The photo was shared hundreds of thousands of times. She wrote a second message on Facebook: “Dont panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since… POINT MADE!!!”
After an investigation, police discovered that the woman's real name is Katharine F. Lemansky. The 45-year-old was found and arrested in Cary, North Carolina and charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor, after police said she admitted the incident took place in Cary.
Police said the charge carries a fine and possibly up to 150 days in jail.
Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne said in a statement:
“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. 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.”
Police in Cary worked with authorities in two other states. Read more here.