“This is what happens when you don’t shut up,” Katie Brown, a Connecticut woman claiming to live in Daytona Beach, FL posted on Facebook early Friday, Nov. 27. The tagline was attached to an image of her dog’s muzzled wrapped by duct tape. Within minutes, replies from enraged friends chastised her for treating her dog in such a manner.
Comments like, “Get that off her now!” and “Not how you give a dog time out!!! If you can’t handle them someone else will love them and give them the love they deserve *%#*@^ up Katie never want to see you be cruel to them again!!! Or I’ll report it!!!”
One friend even begged Brown to remove the post saying, “Please remove this post before someone reports you for animal cruelty!”
The image and statement made by Brown was obviously disturbing to many people though Brown didn’t seem to see it that way. She made light of the situation, posting only a minute later, “Don’t panic everyone, it was only for a minute but hasn’t barked since… POINT MADE!!!”
By 10:00 p.m. the original post had gone viral. It had been shared over 20,000 times. Her next post, made a minute later had been shared almost a 1000 times. By 11:30 p.m. the original post had hit more than 26,000 shares; by midnight over 56,000. As of 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning the post had been shared by over 150,000 people.
Some sharing Brown’s posts indicate that the Dayton Beach Police had been notified of the situation and others claimed that pet rescues and animal control agencies had been contacted. According to police, they have received hundreds of calls and emails from 29 states and around the world, pertaining to Brown’s post. In fact, they received so many emails that it locked up their servers.
The problem is; who is Katie Brown? And where exactly in South Daytona Beach (or Connecticut) can she be found to do a welfare check on the dog?
Police say they are taking complaints seriously and that there is an active investigation into the situation. No further emails or calls are necessary. However, if anyone can give authorities her exact location it would certainly be of great assistance.
As one police officer questioned, “Just how many Katie Brown’s do you think there might be in the area?” And he’s got a point, although a little digging into her Facebook profile might result in the discovery of her telephone number and other indicators of her location.
In most states, including Missouri, authorities would consider Brown’s actions felony animal abuse. Similar cases have resulted in the removal of the pet, cruelty charges, and hefty fines levied against abusive pet owners. Whether or not Brown is found and charged remains to been seen.
One thing’s for certain, Brown certainly made her claim to shame with thousands of outraged animals lovers and pet rescue personnel all over the US and beyond, in just a matter of a few hours. If it was attention she was seeking she got it, and most of it bad. Brown, a Connecticut native, can likely expect more than a few unsavory opinions pertaining to her behavior in the weeks and months to come. With her name attached to the image she posted making its way through social media like a blazing wildfire, and now hitting mainstream media she should expect nothing less.
Send Katie Brown a message and share your concerns with her treatment of her dog.
Contact South Daytona City Police Department Police Department at (386) 322-3030 if you have information pertaining to the whereabouts of Katie Brown.