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Here we go again… Police and Animal Control officers in Volusia County, Florida are investigating after yet another dog owner wrapped their dog’s muzzle in tape and posted a photo to Facebook.
Facebook user “Bryan Futur Gomez” posted a photo of his dog, its muzzle wrapped in what appears to be blue painter’s tape on Sunday.
The photo’s caption reads:
All you know is that this is a picture of my dog with tape on his mouth chillin. Now start judging your reasons.
Or choose from the following answers down below.
(But it was done for emergency purposes because you discipline your dog at the very moment he’s doing something wrong. Not later because he probably won’t know why you’re punishing him leading to no lesson learned)
A. Because he was chewing on all the stuff and trash on the floor that’s on that orange box.
B. Because he was play biting and hurting a small fragile female chihuahua dog.
C.Because he was crying super loud when he was being dealt with and handled with. Causing to wake up my roommates.
D. Or all of the above.
The poster later explained that he was trying to show his roommate that the dog could easily remove the tape, that the tape was stretchy, and that it had been folded in on itself so as to not be sticky.
The Facebook user made the post public, asking for people to share it. In what comes off as some sort of publicity stunt, he taunts concerned animal lovers, saying “If this post is shared 400 times I will post the conditions that he’s in and how he is able to get out of that, also other training talents that the dog can do thank you.”
“Animal control officers are aware of the post and currently are attempting to identify the person responsible for the act and determine if any charges are to be filed,” according to a press release from the Daytona Beach Police Department.
Just this past November, Daytona Beach Police were flooded with calls, emails, and messages from concerned dog lovers after Katharine Lemansky posted a similar photo of her chocolate Lab with duct tape wrapped around the muzzle in the same manner. After an extensive nationwide manhunt, Lemansky was arrested and charged with animal cruelty in Cary, North Carolina. Shortly after Lemansky’s arrest, another dog owner, in a show of support for Lemansky, posted a photo of her dog’s muzzle wrapped in tape as well. She, too, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.