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Woman posts a photo of her dog with mouth taped shut, writes ‘this is what happens when you don’t shut up’, is found guilty

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Katharine F. Lemansky, aged 45 , whose Facebook account name is Katie Brown, was charged with one count of Class 1 Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals, after she admitted that the incident took place in Cary of South Daytona.  Katie who posted a picture of her chocolate lab-mix dog with its mouth duct-taped shut was found guilty.

The sentence was imprisonment up to 150 days and no additional charges are added. Katie Brown has to appear in Wake County Court on 14th of December, 2015.

“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.”

Police of Cary sent Animal Control officers to investigate Katie Brown, within an hour of being contacted by South Daytona Beach law enforcement regarding the disturbing photo and the possibility that Katie Brown, was in North Carolina.

As usual, anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at (919) 469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at (919) 460-4636. All calls will be kept CONFIDENTIAL at caller’s request.

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