A South Daytona woman is under fire after posting a shocking photo of her dog to social media.
Katie Brown posted the photo of her chocolate lab with duct tape wrapped tightly around its muzzle. She captioned the photo, "This is what happens when you dont (sic) shut up!!!"
The photo has since been shared over a hundred thousand times, but Brown has refused to admit wrong-doing. After an influx of negative comments, she doubled down on her actions, saying, "Don't panic everyone it was only for a minute but the dog hasn't barked since... POINT MADE!!!"
That explanation was unsatisfying to animal lovers around the world, who called in to the local police station to report her for cruelty. The outpouring of messages even prompted the South Daytona police to address the situation on the city's official Facebook page. "The South Daytona Police are aware of the disturbing Facebook posting and photo by Katie Brown regarding her treatment of a dog. Be assurred (sic) that there is an active animal cruelty investigation in progress. We are taking this very seriously. Please don't send further emails or messages as our email system is overwhelmed. We thank you for your help."
Further updates from the police department have indicated that Brown is currently traveling for the holidays, but that the investigation will continue upon her return. "SDPD will continue to diligently investigate this case," they wrote. "Please help us out by not flooding our emergency phone numbers, which may impact other emergency calls. We appreciate (sic) your concerns."