November 28, 2015
WESH reports that a South Daytona, Florida, resident may have posted a photo on her Facebook page on November 27, showing a black dog’s muzzle duct taped shut. Reports indicate that the account the post was seen on is operated by Katie Brown. The post read, “This is what happens when you dont (sic) shut up!!!” Shortly after, this was posted on the same Facebook page, “Dont panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt (sic) barked since… POINT MADE!!!”
Within hours the photo was shared to over 26,000 concerned animal advocates, including Volusia County Animal Services and the South Florida police. The South Daytona Police Department Supervisor reported to this Examiner that they have gotten phone calls from 40 states and two Canadian provinces about this post. The Supervisor further explained that they are taking this very seriously and are actively investigating the situation. Lieutenant Dietrick from the South Daytona Police Department also spoke with this Examiner, and reported that the dog’s owner is currently in transit. They’re unsure of where the photo was taken, and jurisdictional responsibility for her actions will have to be assessed when she returns to Florida. The Lieutenant reports that the owner has two dogs in her possession.
Shortly after that, Volusia County Animal Services posted this on their Facebook page, “Volusia County Animal Services appreciates your concern regarding the dog posted on Facebook. It is being investigated by S. Daytona Animal Control at this time,” and the City of South Daytona posted, “The South Daytona Police are aware of the disturbing Facebook posting and photo by Katie Brown regarding her treatment of a dog. Be assured 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.” No further details are available at this time.
There have been posters commenting on this from South Dakota, Indiana, Minnesota and every state in-between. Whatever people think about Florida, we take our animals, and those who abuse them, very, very seriously.