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Katharine Lemansky, better known by her social media moniker, Katie Brown, was charged with animal cruelty last November when she wrapped duct tape around her chocolate Lab’s muzzle and posted a photo to Facebook with the caption, “This is what happens when you don’t shut up!!!”
The photo outraged animal lovers who demanded justice for the pup, whose mouth was wrapped tightly enough that she could not bark, pant, eat or drink. A flood of calls, messages, and emails to police sparked an investigation that spanned three states before Lemansky was finally found in Cary, North Carolina.
On Friday, Katharine Lemansky finally appeared in court where she faced animal cruelty charges for the incident.
In court, Cary Animal Control Supervisor, Shelly Smith, said Lemansky admitted duct taping the dog’s mouth, calling it a joke and saying it was a way to stop the dog from barking. Lemansky claimed to have accidentally posted the picture to Facebook, meaning to only send it to her son.
She said the duct tape was only wrapped around the dog’s muzzle for 15 to 20 seconds.
Shelly Smith examined the dog, Brown, after the incident last November and found her to be in good spirits, in good health, and not suffering any hair loss or swelling as a result of being duct taped. Lemansky was permitted to keep her dog, despite being charged with animal cruelty.
For her act of animal cruelty, Lemansky was sentenced to 12 months supervised probation, but the judge immediately suspended the sentence, meaning although the charge and sentence are public record, she will not have to serve any of her sentence.
She will be responsible for court fees.