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Woman who taped dog's mouth charged with animal cruelty in Cary

Posted November 30, 2015
Updated December 1, 2015

— A woman who posted a photo of her chocolate lab-mix with its mouth taped shut on Facebook has been charged with animal cruelty in Cary.

Katharine F. Lemansky, whose Facebook page lists her name as Katie Brown, posted the photo that sparked social media backlash on Nov. 27. The photo was labeled with a South Daytona, Fla. location but authorities determined that the incident took place in Cary, where she was staying with the dog. Police said that during an investigation, they determined that Lemansky had not lived in South Daytona, Fla. for more than a year.

Lemansky, of Churchview Street in Cary, was charged with one count of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. The charge carries a fine possible jail time of up to 150 days. Lemansky is scheduled to appear in Wake County court on Dec. 14.

“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,” said Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne.

Rhyne said more and more people are being caught committing a crime because of social media.

"Anytime we see a crime, anytime we see those types of things, whether it is posted on social media or whatever, we are going to investigate it to its full extent," he said.

Lemansky would not speak to WRAL News on Monday night.

Rhyne noted that animal control officers examined the dog, named Brown, and her littermate and found the animals to be well cared for. For that reason, he said, the dogs were not taken from Lemansky.

“The dogs are current on their shots, spayed, and microchipped. They are clean and well-nourished and appear to be comfortable in their surroundings and there were no signs of injury to Brown’s muzzle, not even detectable hair loss,” said Rhyne.


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  • Janet Scott Dec 2, 2015
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    Cruelty to any living thing is horrible and should be punished. Glad that this ridiculous woman is going to court and that this will cost her.

  • Lori Murphy Dec 1, 2015
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  • Montel Burnette Dec 1, 2015
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    Really, you have to insult me to prove your point?
    What Im saying is that the dog was examined by professionals and seen to not have been harmed, so why waste money on this with a court case when you have bigger problems as in people being abused and people being murdered? Like one commenter said up here theres so many comments on this page about the dog who is fine, but only two comments on the page about the person being murdered.

  • K Hope Capps Dec 1, 2015
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    It was not a gag. She did it on purpose.

  • Tim Britton Dec 1, 2015
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    It is hard to believe that we live in a country where taping a dog’s muzzle shut can get you arrested, should the owner not have that choice, I mean, it is her dog. Just like the person who buried that baby alive in California, do they not get the same consideration from you people as the person who has an abortion. Her body, her choice, her baby, her choice, her dog, her choice. Your stances change with the wind, please pick a side a stay on it. By the way, I am against it all. Cruelty is wrong, no matter who the intended target. You cannot have it both ways, I pray you make the right choice

  • K Hope Capps Dec 1, 2015
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    Except comments she made on her Facebook post ADMITTING that she did it.

  • Edward Anderson Dec 1, 2015
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  • Tandy Dawgy Dec 1, 2015
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    Meanwhile in WRALland, the article about a US serviceman murdering a transgendered woman has garnered two whole comments. Mind you, of which one comment advocates a rationale for dealing a "serious beating" to transgendered folks.

    And over here we have the case of some lady who taped her dog's mouf shut and took a picture. Not too smart. An ensuing investigation found the animals to be apparently well cared for, fed, up to date on vaccines, etc. etc. We are now approaching 30 comments here.

    Ya know, I can understand it if this was a CLEAR case of animal abuse... dead animals, malnourished, horribly abused. But that really isn't the case here. And yet there is all of this outrage projected onto this story, but barely a ripple on others more tragic.

    It's sad how little we value human life. Y'all can argue about the libs being baby killers and cons disregard for life once that baby begins to cost taxpayer dollars. But the bottom line is that sadly, we are all failing.

  • Jennifer Cacioppo Dec 1, 2015
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    Just thinking about her pulling the tape off makes me sick and sad. Yes, very bad decision! Makes me mad! And to post on Facebook " that shut him up" ( post is now gone, but I saw it and it made me sick

  • Dorinda Hayes Dec 1, 2015
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    All these people on here talking about liberals, and trying to make people feel stupid for caring about animals, yet they are the ones that always call themselves Chrisitan. Their its just a dog reaction sucks. Here is what
    Proverbs 12:10 says about this and your attitude that nothing matters but people.
    Proverbs 12:10
    The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
    All the conservatives care about is people, animals, wildlife, the planet, the environment or anything else mean nothing to them. it is not all about us, and we are supposed to be stewards of animals and take care of them., Period.