Photo of Dog With Mouth Taped Shut on Facebook, Leads to Arrest of NC Woman

dog mouth taped

*When it comes to animals and abuse, especially if its posted on social media, not even a fake name will keep the abuser safe. If you’ve been a regular reader of EURThisNthat, you may recall I love animals and write articles about them often. And as a writer with deadlines, I often go from one story to the next.

First let me confirm that I am SO HAPPY that floods of calls came in from all over the country as the horrid post of this beautiful dog whose mouth was taped shut with masking tape was shared on Facebook; and as a result, things were put in motion for an investigation to ensue and this awful and heartless human to be found and charged in North Carolina.

But at the same time, I just finished writing an article about the killing of black teen, Martinez Smith-Payne. And in that case, the man who shot and killed him was released and the authorities refused to press charges. It’s as if they have to be convinced they should.

How do you reconcile something like that? The life of a dog is more important than the life of a human being?

The woman who posted the picture last Friday morning called herself “Katie Brown.” The caption on that post read,

“This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!”

dog, FB note

But it only took 3-days and a “flood of calls” to two Connecticut police stations to get an investigation going.

And by Monday police had learned that 45-year-old Katharine F. Lemansky was the real person behind the post and that she was in Cary, N.C.

Katharine F. Lemansky aka Katie Brown
Katharine F. Lemansky aka Katie Brown

The amazing thing here is how many people got involved to find the person who did this horrible act on an animal. And calls flooded police stations not only in Connecticut, but in Avon, South Daytona, Fla. and police in Torrington even said they received calls from 24 states, along with Canada and the UK.

My heart goes out to this sweet pup. I, too, would have called SOMEBODY had I seen the photo. But I just can’t get the question out of my mind as to why the eff don’t we work this hard when the lives of human beings are at stake.

Why didn’t we all come together when a man like Arthur Lee Duncatell II was shot execution style as an entire neighborhood looked on, and people know who did it, but choose to stay closed-mouthed leaving the case to go cold for years? Why don’t we flood the police stations with calls when a child is missing; and ask what the hell is being done to find him or her? Where is the drop everything and share that post when we know of a woman being beaten and abused? Or a pedophile is on the loose, or a rapist?

Why? Why? Why?

Stories like this is eye-opening in more ways than we expect. I didn’t aim to talk about these things when I started out writing this article. But somehow, along the way, it made me question why we do some of the things we do…and who we do them for.

And I am left with the conclusion that our priorities as a species are really f**ked up.

And we really need to change that.


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