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Facebook Post Leads to Animal Cruelty Charge

December 15, 2015

 Katharine F. Lemansky, has been charged with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor of the first degree, after she posted a photo on Facebook of her dog with its mouth duct taped closed.  The photo prompted a response from concerned citizens who contacted various police departments with reports of animal abuse.  Randall Rhyne, of the Cary Police Department, states that Lemansky "realizes now she made a terrible decision."  Animal control officers examined the dog, found it to be unharmed, and found it otherwise well taken care of.  As a result, the dog will remain with Lemansky.  Lemansky faces a fine up to $5000 and/or imprisonment up to 1 year.


For more information, see:

  • Kathryn Trogdon, The News & Observer, "Florida woman charged in Cary with animal cruelty after posting photo of dog’s taped mouth." November 30, 2015,










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