A woman who posted a picture of her chocolate lab-mix with its mouth taped shut on her social media page has been charged.
Katharine F. Lemansky, 45, better known as Katie Brown on Facebook, was charged with Class 1 Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals after admitting the incident took place. The charge carries a fine and possibly up to 150 days in jail with no additional charges pending.
“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.”
Her Facebook page was labeled with a South Daytona, Florida location, but was charged in Cary, North Carolina where she was living with the dog.
Town of Cary Police worked with law enforcement officials across two states to determine jurisdiction and to pursue a quick resolution to the situation that had prompted a public outcry and messages to local officials from thousands of people across the globe.