The woman who posted a photo of a dog with a duct taped muzzle, claiming she did it to stop him from barking, is now the subject of a multi-state search. She was originally identified as “Katie Brown,” but according to Fox News her legal name is Katharine F. Lemansky, and it’s a toss-up on whether she’s in Florida, Connecticut, or somewhere between the two states.
Postings on her Facebook page indicated that she lived in either South Daytona, Florida, or Avon, Connecticut. Outraged animal lovers flooded officials in both of this cities with calls and email complaints about the duct taping of the dog’s muzzle, which Lemansky said she did because he wouldn’t be quiet. She claimed she only left the duct tape on briefly but didn’t mention whether it ripped off hair or whiskers or otherwise hurt the dog during its removal. Despite the outrage, she even bragged about the “effectiveness” of the technique, posting, “Dont panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since…POINT MADE!!!”
Initially, South Daytona police said she didn’t live there and hadn’t for more than a year. Instead, they said she was in Avon. However, Avon cops claim she’s not on Connecticut either.
As the search continues, WFLA says Lemansky was in Avon for the holiday weekend and reports that she has a criminal record. She could face criminal charges in Connecticut if she’s found there, and animal services in Florida can confiscate the dog if she shows up in the Sunshine state.
Over the weekend, Torrington Animal Control officials in Connecticut posted an update on Facebook saying they believe that Florida is her destination: “At this time our inbox is not currently working so please bear with us as we try to read through all of your messages. We are still diligently working on tracking down the owner who posted that dreadful picture to Facebook earlier this morning but it appears that she is no longer residing in Avon…or Connecticut for that matter. All new, and pertinent information that we get is being immediately forward to Daytona PD as that is where the suspect is believed to be living/heading. Thank you all for your concern for this animal.”
You can read the original story of the duct taped dog Facebook photo here. Read about a humane, proper way to stop dogs from barking here.