A Woman Duct Taped Her Dog's Mouth To Shut Him Up And Now Risks A $5000 Fine

Andrea A.

Katherine Lemansky, an American woman originally from Daytona, Florida, caused an outrage over the internet after she posted an image of her dog with his mouth duct taped up on her Facebook page.

The photo was accompanied by the statement: "This is what happens when you don't shut up!!!"


Police overwhelmed by telephone calls

Within a few minutes, the photo has been shared across the web over 200,000 times.

Mimi Perez, who works in the telecommunications department for the South Daytona police, said she received hundreds of calls about the dog from over 44 different American states, and even some from Australia.

To calm everyone down, the town's police force were forced to issue a statement:

An investigation is under way surrounding this photo and the person who took it.


"Don't panic everyone it was only for a minute." 

Katherine Lemanksy's post ("Katie Brown" on social media)was evidently taken down from Facebook. Defending herself, the young woman claimed that her poor dog had suffered this cruel act"only for a minute".One minute too long.


A petition for this woman to be prosecuted for animal abuse has already gotover 30,000 signatures.

Prosecuted for this act of cruelty

And it has been done.On the30th ofNovember, theNorth Carolinapolicefinally announced thatKatherine Lemanksy would be prosecuted for this act of cruelty against animals. She risks a fine of up to $5000.However, the police have not deemed it necessary to take the dog out from under her care. In a statement, they announced:

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. 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.

An act of cruelty which leaves you speechless. We cannot imagine a more dreadful way of trying to get your dog to stop barking i the house. It wasz a torturous act.You can learn about ways to help stop your dog barking in this article we recently wrote.

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