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Duct Tape Dog's Owner Charged With Cruelty to Animals

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Dec 2015 09:14 AM

A North Carolina woman who allegedly muzzled her dog with duct tape and posted a picture to Facebook has been given a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals.

Cary Police Capt. Randall Rhyne reported that the pooch, one of two owned by Katharine F. Lemansky, 45 (also known as Katie Brown), was found to be "very well cared for," and was allowed to stay with her after the charge was brought, NBC News reported.

The dogs were clean, well nourished, and have microchips in case they get lost, he said.

"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," he said.

The Facebook post on Friday of the muzzled chocolate lab was accompanied by a caption that read, "This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!"

The post caused an uproar online after it received a whopping 380,000 shares.

"Dont panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since... POINT MADE!!!" said a subsequent post that went up after the first was deleted.

An investigation was initially opened in South Daytona, Florida, and moved to Torrington, Connecticut, places associated with Lemansky's Facebook profile, however she was eventually found to be living in North Carolina.

A deluge of people calling into the police departments to report the picture temporarily strained resources, including 911 services.

"Please be assured the proper agencies are investigating and doing everything to ensure the dog's safety," read one message to the public from Volusia County, Florida, Animal Services.

Lemansky is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 14 in Wake County. She could face up to 150 days in jail and a fine if convicted.

The New York Times commented on the story, saying that public discourse around private pet ownership has been changed drastically by the advent of social media.

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