A woman accused of putting duct-tape around the muzzle of her dog has been charged with animal cruelty, reported Monday’s ABC 11 News. The woman, identified as 45-year-old Katharine Lamansky, aka Katie Brown, was charged with animal cruelty by officials in Cary, North Carolina.
Brown allegedly placed the duct-tape around her dog’s snout and uploaded the photo to her Facebook page on Friday morning. The comment which accompanied the photo read, “This is what happens when you don’t shut up!!!” In short order, the disturbing photo reached viral status on social media and the City of South Daytona, Florida, which is listed as Lamansky’s home town on Facebook, was inundated with messages from concerned citizens who believed that the dog was in danger.
Authorities following up on tips eventually located Lamansky in North Carolina and she apparently acknowledged that the taping incident took place in Cary. The dog in question has been examined by the local authorities and found to be in good condition. Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne stated:
“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.”
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