Woman Who Duct Taped Dog's Mouth Shut Convicted Of Animal Cruelty

Animal Cruelty Convicted Woman Duct Tape Dog Mouth

Jun. 3 2016, Published 7:53 p.m. ET

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The woman who sparked outrage after taping her dog's mouth shut with duct tape and posting a picture of the heinous action on Facebook has been found guilty of animal cruelty, has learned.

Katie Brown, also known as Katherine Lemansky, was sentenced to a year of supervised probation, but the judge suspended the sentence. The dog owner must also pay court fees.

As reported, she first came under fire when she posted the photo of her chocolate lab with duct tape wrapped tightly around its muzzle in November 2015. She captioned the photo, "This is what happens when you dont (sic) shut up!!!"

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Cary Animal Control Supervisor Shelly Smith said in court that Lemansky "admitted duct taping the dog's mouth, calling it a joke and saying it was a way to stop barking," ABC 11 in Raleigh, North Carolina, reported on Friday.

Smith claimed that Lemansky "told her she accidentally posted the picture to Facebook, meaning to only send it to her son."

However, shortly after she posted the horrifying picture of the dog in November she doubled down on her comments by posting a follow up note that read, "Don't panic everyone it was only for a minute but the dog hasn't barked since… POINT MADE!!!"

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The Animal Cruelty Supervisor testified that she visited the home with the dog after the incident and the dog "didn't have any hair loss or swelling and was in good spirits," so it was not removed from the home, according to ABC 11.

However, the prosecutor told the court that the duct tape punishment caused "pain" to the dog, and Lemansky was found guilty of animal cruelty.

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