Woman who taped dog's mouth shut found guilty of animal cruelty

Katharine Lemansky was handed a suspended 60-day jail sentence - but will get to keep the pet

Adam Withnall
Monday 06 June 2016 11:28
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The Facebook post showed the dog with tape wrapped around its mouth
The Facebook post showed the dog with tape wrapped around its mouth

A woman who taped her dog's mouth shut and uploaded a photo of it to Facebook has been found guilty of animal cruelty.

Katharine Lemansky was handed a 60-day jail sentence, suspended for one year, but will be allowed to keep the animal after police found it was otherwise well-cared-for.

Lemansky, also known as Katie Brown, sparked outrage with the social media post, which was shared hundreds of thousands of times late last year.

It was captioned: "This is what happens when you don’t shut up!!!"

Lemansky insisted the post was a joke, and even defended it in a follow-up on Facebook saying: "Don't panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasn't barked since… POINT MADE!!!"

She told the court in Wake County, North Carolina, the duct tape had only been on the dog for 15-20 seconds.

Lemansky said taping the dog's mouth was a joke 
Police said Lemansky's dogs were otherwise well-cared-for
Lemansky will be subject to regular visits from a probation officer

Police who attended the home not long after the incident said the pet, a chocolate lab-mix named Brown, showed no lasting signs of physical harm.

Nonetheless, district judge Jackie Brewer said: "This is one of those cases where a picture's worth a thousand words."

Police captain Randall Rhyne said taping Brown's muzzle shut was "a terrible decision on Ms Lemansky's part".

He added: "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."

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