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Woman Charged After Posting Photo of Dog With Mouth Taped Shut

A woman who posted a photo of her dog with duct tape wrapped around its snout has been charged with animal cruelty.

The photo of the chocolate lab mix, named Brown, was posted on Facebook by Katharine Lemansky — who goes by Katie Brown on the social media site — and created a firestorm of controversy.

Lemansky, put up the picture last Friday, along with a caption that read, “This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!”

After people saw it, Lemansky updated the post:

The 45-year-old woman is from South Daytona, Fla., but she was charged in Cary, N.C., where the incident occurred.

If convicted, Lemansky could spend up to 150 days in jail.

Incidentally, she still has all of her dogs. Authorities said, “…we did not and could not remove them from the owner. 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.”

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