A duct tape dog owner has been guilty after she raised a lot of anger on social media after posting a picture of her dog on Facebook. Katharine Lemansky, 45, has been found guilty after she was charged with animal cruelty, according to Salisbury Post.
Police say the guilty dog owner, whose Facebook page lists her name as Katie Brown, was staying in Cary with her pet when the photo was taken. The duct tape photo prompted hundreds of residents to flood the local police department with complaints after it was posted Friday.
Police say she admitted that the incident took place in Cary. She’s charged with animal cruelty. The duct tape dog owner who was found guilty posted the image just before 10 a.m. Friday with the caption, “This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!”
Police say Lemansky’s listed residence is South Daytona, Florida but she has ties to Connecticut. Her Facebook page states she attended Central Connecticut State University.
Following a barrage of calls from concerned animal lovers, Connecticut police investigated an address associated with Brown’s family but quickly determined the incident did not occur there.
“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.”
The animal cruelty charge carries a fine and possibly up to 150 days in jail if convicted. Lemansky must appear in Wake County court December 14.
Cops did say that the chocolate lab mix appeared to be unharmed and all of Lemansky’s dogs were “very well cared for.”
“The dogs are current on their shots, spayed and microchipped,” Police Captain Rhyne said. “They are clean and well-nourished and appear to be comfortable in their surroundings.”
As a result, the dogs were not removed from the home, a decision that did not sit well with PETA after it saw the duct tape dog owner guilty after posting the image. The animal rights organization lobbied for the dogs to be removed from Lemansky’s care on Tuesday in a letter to Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman.