Animal Lovers, Activists Rally To Find Woman Who Taped Dog’s Mouth Shut

A photo of a dog with her muzzle taped shut set off a firestorm of criticism on social media and prompted concerned individuals to contact the authorities.

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This photo, since removed from Facebook, angered people around the globe. Via South Daytona Police/Orlando Sentinel

A person using duct tape to supposedly teach their dog a lesson is sadly, again, in the news.

On Friday morning, Katie Brown posted a photo on Facebook with the caption, “This is what happens when you don’t shut up!!!” reports the Orlando Sentinel. The pup’s pic — since removed from Brown’s page — garnered more than 300,000 shares, prompting activists and animal lovers as far away as Germany and Australia to contact the authorities in South Daytona, Florida, the location of the post.

Concerned and appalled Facebook users reportedly flooded the phone lines of the South Daytona Police Department, however, officials soon learned Brown no longer lived in the area… and hadn’t for about a year.

What would make anyone hurt a dog with such lovable eyes? Via Facebook

What would make anyone hurt a dog with such lovable eyes? Via Katie Brown/Facebook

The Sentinel reports those wanting to see Brown held responsible for her act of animal cruelty did some of their own investigating and found that the pet owner possibly had relocated to northwestern Connecticut. The surge of calls reportedly transferred to area officials, including the Connecticut Emergency Animal Response Service (EARS).

“Her residence is listed as Florida, but apparently she has family here and that’s why it is believed she may have been in our state,” EARS Director of Operations Jon Nowinski told the paper. “She apparently has family in Avon and Torrington and recently posted things from that area.”

A recent photo of Brown's dog and another pet relaxing. Via Facebook

Brown’s Facebook page features many photos of her pets. Via Katie Brown/Facebook

“It has amazed us at how quickly this story is spreading and how many people are aware of it,” he went on to say. “It’s great to know there are so many who care about the welfare of animals in situations like these. It’s important people know their voices are heard and make a difference.”

A similar photo posted to Facebook two months by a North Carolina woman who reportedly wanted to teach her dog not to bite elicited a similar response. And of course, one of the earliest cases of duct tape cruelty to make headlines this year was against Caitlyn — the 15-month-old Chocolate Staffordshire Terrier Mix  who was found abandoned in South Carolina with her muzzle taped shut.

On Friday, Brown also posted, “Dont panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since… POINT MADE!!! (sic)”

Another post Brown posted about the incident. Via Facebook

Another post Brown posted about the incident. Via Katie Brown/Facebook

Nowinski told the Sentinel his organization is working with law enforcement to locate Brown.

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