Woman Who Taped Dog’s Mouth Shut Has Been Found

After many enraged pet lovers rallied to find the woman who taped her dog's mouth shut, authorities have tracked her down.

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Her name is Katharine F. Lemansky and she has been charged with animal cruelty. Via Katie Brown/Facebook

Katie Brown caused an Internet uproar after posting a photo of her dog’s mouth taped shut on Facebook, and now police have finally tracked her down.

Authorities located Katharine F. Lemansky, aka Katie Brown (as she’s known on Facebook), in North Carolina on Monday and have charged her with animal cruelty, NBC News reports.

The search, which spanned three states, began after Lemansky,45, posted a photo on her Facebook page Friday of her dog’s mouth bound with duct tape and caption that read: “This is what happens when you don’t shut up!!!” The post has since been deleted, but it didn’t take long for pet lovers to share the photo more than 380,000 times and react in utter disgust to this form of punishment.

Calls from concerned citizens started pouring into police in South Daytona, Florida, which is where the post appeared to have been made from. Police soon learned that Lemansky no longer lived in the area and possibly had moved to Connecticut.

Police found her in Cary, North Carolina, and she is scheduled to appear in Wake County court Dec. 14 on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. She reportedly admitted to taping her dog’s mouth. If convicted, she could face a fine and up to 150 days in jail.

Cary Police Capt. Randall Rhyne said in a statement that animal control officials found both of Lemansky’s dogs to be very well cared for, which is why neither dog was removed from the home.

“They are clean and well-nourished and appear to be comfortable in their surroundings,” he said. “And there were no signs of injury to [the one dog’s] muzzle, not even detectable hair loss.”

A look at Lemsakey’s Facebook page turns up many photos of her pets, and despite this incident, she appears to love them very much.

But no matter how you slice it, and no matter how much Lemansky cares about her animals, this act was clearly a major error in judgement. And it seems she will be learning this lesson the hard way.

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  • They even showed it here in German tv, and I was appalled by it. Maybe in a certain way she loves her dog but I think it’s the love of an emotional disturbed person. I strongly believe people like her should’nt own any living animals. Stuffed animals would be the appropriate choice. I really hope that she has no children.

    Dagmar B. December 2, 2015 5:31 am Reply
  • Katharine F. Lemansky (aka Katie Brown) from Cary, North Carolina should be punished to the full extent of the law. She must be fined and given 150 days in jail. Even if this is quite lenient. Her name(s) must be listed on the registry of animal abusers. Those two dogs in her household should be removed from her home immediately. The dogs will continue to suffer at her hands. The fact that she duct taped one dog’s mouth, she will do it again and possibly to the other dog, if she hasn’t already. She must never be allowed to own a dog again. She has exhibited and documented animal cruelty. Animal abusers unfortunately cannot be taught by any means until we the public fight for harsher laws and demand their enforcement by the police and our government.

    Many thanks to all those caring and loving human beings from South Daytona, Florida that flooded police with their outrage. Without people like them this dog abuser would not have been pursued by the police. KUDOS to all those individuals!

    Rozanna Ramirez December 2, 2015 11:22 am Reply

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