Woman Who Duct-Taped Dog Tracked Down
Cops say 'Katie Brown' can keep the dog
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2015 3:07 AM CST
Katharine Lemansky was arrested after this photo went viral.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A woman who attracted the wrath of animal lovers around the world with a Facebook photo of a dog with its muzzle duct-taped shut has been tracked down. Police in Cary, NC, say Katharine Lemansky, who posted under the name "Katie Brown," was charged with animal cruelty but is being allowed to keep her two dogs because they appear to be very well cared for and are clean, well-nourished, "current on their shots, spayed, and microchipped," WFSB reports. "Taping the dog's muzzle shut was a terrible decision," a police spokesman says, but animal control officers who examined the chocolate-lab mix found no sign of injury, "not even detectable hair loss." Lemansky, 45, is due in court Dec. 14 and could get up to 150 days in jail, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

In South Daytona, Fla., where Lemansky used to live, police say they spoke to investigators in two other states after receiving a deluge of complaints about the photo over the weekend. A spokesman for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal that the office dealt with more than 1,000 phone calls and a similar number of Facebook messages, which he tried to respond to individually. The "greatest burden fell to our extraordinarily patient dispatchers, who picked up hundreds of repetitive, emotionally charged phone calls, dealt with them appropriately, and continued to run a highly organized and efficient dispatch operation for our entire county," he says. (A Texas woman was arrested after posting photos of her neighbor's diapered dog.)