Woman Who Taped Dog’s Muzzle Shut Has Been Arrested and Will Face Charges
If you've been anywhere near social media the last few days you've probably seen the photo of the poor dog whose muzzle was taped shut by its owner.
The outrage caused the photo to go viral almost immediately with tons of people calling for the woman responsible to be arrested and brought up on animal cruelty charges. Well, the police were listening, and they answered.
Katharine Lemansky, 45, who posted under the name "Katie Brown" on Facebook, admitted to duct taping her dog's mouth shut. The photo drew outrage after being posted last Friday and was widely shared on social media. The photo showed the chocolate lab mix with its muzzle duct-taped shut with the caption, “This is what happens when you don’t shut up!!” The post has since been deleted.
Since "Katie Brown" said she lived in Daytona Beach FL, the Daytona PD was inundated with phone calls demanding immediate action. So many calls, in fact, that the PD's system crashed.
Police in South Daytona determined through family members that Lemansky had not lived in South Daytona for a year and a half. Police in Avon, Connecticut were also investigating, but it was determined she no longer lived in that location, and she was tracked to Cary, North Carolina where she was charged.
Police said her dog was in good health, well nourished, micro chipped, spayed, and up to date on its shots. There was no sign of injury to the dog's muzzle, so the dog will not be removed.
Lemansky has been charged with animal cruelty. The charge is a misdemeanor and she also faces a fine and up to 150 days in jail. A court date was set for Dec. 14.