November 30, 2015
WNCN just released the information that Katie Brown, aka Katharine F. Lemansky, 45, has been arrested in Cary, North Carolina. The image of the dog with its muzzle taped up was posted on Friday and, as reported by this Examiner, went viral shortly afterwards.
Ms. Lemansky now faces a Class 1 Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals charge in Cary, where she was staying with the dog. The charge carries a fine and up to 150 days in jail. The South Daytona Police Department has been overwhelmed with requests, text, emails, and phonecalls to bring Ms. Lemansky to justice. Cary Police were able to track her down after being alerted by South Daytona police.
It is reported that she must appear in a Wake County court on December 14. The Cary police state that their “animal control officers physically examined the dogs found them to be very well cared for, which is why 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 the dog’s muzzle, not even detectable hair loss.”
According to Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne,”taping the dog’s muzzle shut was a terrible decision. Charging her with animal cruelty under North Carolina law was the right thing to do.” Police in Connecticut and Florida are still investigating Ms. Lemansky, who has a criminal record, according to sources. She can still face criminal charges in Connecticut and if she does return to Florida, animal services is authorized to confiscate the dog.
All the police departments involved thank the public for their outpouring of concern for the animal. South Daytona Police Department received calls from every state, and many countries around the globe.