Success: Woman Who Duct-Taped Her Dog’s Mouth Shut Found Guilty of Animal Cruelty

Target: Mark Martin, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court

Goal: Praise conviction of woman who cruelly duct-taped her dog’s mouth shut and posted a picture of it on social media.

A woman who was accused of duct-taping her dog’s mouth has been punished by the law, thanks to the general public and the ForceChange community calling for justice for the poor animal. Katherine Lemansky, who goes by “Katie Brown” on Facebook, had shared a photo of her chocolate lab on the social media platform with a caption reading, “This is what happens when you don’t shut up.” She then admitted to taping the dog’s mouth closed but called the incident a “joke.”

Lemansky has been allowed to keep her dog but has been given a 60-day jail sentence, suspended for a year of supervised probation, and will be made to pay court fees. This sentence goes a long way in showing that animal cruelty is not a joke and should not be taken lightly by the law. This will hopefully serve to dissuade other potential abusers who might think it acceptable to subject animals to suffering for their entertainment.

Sign this petition praising the decision to find this woman guilty of animal cruelty and sentence her to jail time on supervised probation.


Dear Justice Martin,

We gladly received the news that Katherine Lemansky was found guilty of animal cruelty for duct-taping her dog’s mouth shut. Lemansky posted a picture of the cruel incident on Facebook, which caused an uproar from social media users denouncing the abuse. She admitted to taping the dog’s mouth closed but called it a “joke.”

Thank you for finding this woman guilty of animal cruelty and giving her a 60-day jail sentence, suspended for a year of supervised probation. This will serve to dissuade other would-be abusers from subjecting animals to suffering for fun and proves that animal abuse is not a laughing matter and is severely punishable by law.


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Photo credit: Katherine Lemansky

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  1. Nick Percival says:

    It gets hot in NC for most of the year. Dogs need to be able to open their mouths so they can pant to cope with the heat – dogs can’t sweat so that’s how they cool themselves. So not only is it cruel to tape the mouth of a dog just to keep it quiet – it’s extremely cruel causing great discomfort and doing great harm to the health of the dog – especially in a warm climate like NC.

  2. I’m beyond thankful that she was punished for what she did to this poor dog. Not normal behavior at ALL! However the thought of her being allowed to keep the dog after being found guilty of animal cruelty is a scary thought! And a very bad decision. A great punishment and glad it was taken serious but yet the decision of her allowing the dog to stay with the same owner makes no sense and doesn’t say much for our legal system.

  3. Raymone Kohl says:

    The whore got what she deserved

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