Recently a woman allegedly taped her dog Brown’s muzzle shut with duct tape and posted pictures of the dog to her Facebook account, bragging, “This is what happens when you don’t shut up!” 

The woman, Katharine Lemansky from Cary, North Carolina, has been charged with animal cruelty, but officials have said that Brown and Lemansky’s other dog will remain in her custody. 

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PETA sent an urgent plea to Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman asking that both dogs be confiscated for their own safety and that Lemansky be prohibited from owning animals for as long as possible if she is convicted. 

“It would demonstrate a shocking lack of empathy for others’ suffering to tape a dog’s mouth shut and then brag about this cruelty on social media,” said PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “Any dogs in this woman’s custody may be in danger, which is why PETA is calling for the immediate confiscation of any animals in her home.”

She had posted a photo on Facebook of her Labrador, Brown, with a duct-taped muzzle. The caption: “This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!”

Posted by The New York Times on Tuesday, December 1, 2015


PETA’s letter to Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman reads as follows:

Dear Ms. Freeman:

Greetings from PETA. This letter concerns a case that your office is handling involving Cary resident Katharine Lemansky, who faces cruelty-to-animals charges for allegedly binding the muzzle of her dog, Brown, with duct tape in an apparent attempt to prevent her from barking. Reportedly, a photo of Brown with her muzzle wrapped in duct tape was posted to Lemansky’s Facebook page, accompanied by the caption, “This is what happens when you dont [sic] shut up!!!” Alarmingly, Brown and her littermate apparently remain in Lemansky’s custody.

Since repeat offenses are common among animal abusers, we ask that if Lemansky is convicted of these charges, she be required to attend anger-management classes at her own expense and be prohibited from owning or harboring animals for as long as possible. In the meantime, we ask that officials confiscate both dogs as a protective measure provided by N.C.G.S.A § 19A-3.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Kristin DeJournett
Cruelty Casework Associate Manager
PETA Cruelty Investigations Department

Always report animal cruelty!

If you are aware of cruelty to animals, please immediately alert animal control or the police. If they are unhelpful or are slow to act, you can contact PETA.

If you witness cruelty online, save a link to the photo or video and the person’s profile, and take screenshots of the photos or videos in question just in case.


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