Woman Behind Viral Post Of Duct-Taped Dog Charged With Animal Cruelty In North Carolina

A woman who is accused of posting a photo on Facebook showing a dog muzzled with duct tape that sparked outrage and went viral has been charged with animal cruelty in North Carolina.

A Facebook user with an account registered to “Katie Brown” posted a photograph on her Facebook wall on Friday of a dog that looks like a chocolate lab with duct tape wrapped around its mouth and the message, “This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!”

Police in Cary, North Carolina charged Katharine F. Lemansky, 44, with animal cruelty after several law enforcement agencies in three states tracked her there and she admitted to police that the incident happened in Cary, according to a statement released by the town of Cary, North Carolina on Monday night.

Police in Cary reached on Monday night did not know if she was being represented by an attorney.

“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,” Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne said in a news release.

But the dog, who police identified as “Brown,” will not be taken away from Lemansky, Rhyne noted. Neither will Brown’s littermate because they appeared to be well cared for.