Katie Brown: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Katie Brown is facing a police investigation after she posted a photo, right, of her dog with her muzzle duct-taped shut. (Facebook)

A woman has drawn the wrath of thousands of animal lovers has now been arrested after she posted a photo on Facebook showing her dog with her mouth duct-taped shut.

The photo posted by Katie Brown has been shared more than 100,000 times, with angry comments flooding the social media site and her page.

Brown, 45, whose legal name is Katharine Lemansky, posted the photo just before 9 a.m. on Friday, November 27. Within hours, it was spread across Facebook by animal rights advocates, and was reported to police.

She was arrested Monday, November 30, in Cary, North Carolina, after she told police the incident occurred there. Cary Police said that Lemansky was charged with cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor that carries up to 150 days in jail and a fine if convicted. But police said they did not take her dogs away from her.

“Taping the dog’s muzzle shut was a terrible decision on Ms. Lemansky’s part, and charging her with animal cruelty under North Carolina law was the right thing to do,” said Cary Police Captain Randall Rhyne said in a press release. “At the same time, it’s important to also note that our animal control officers who physically examined both Brown and her littermate found the dogs to be very well cared for, which is why we did not and could not remove them from the owner. The dogs are current on their shots, spayed, and microchipped. They are clean and well-nourished and appear to be comfortable in their surroundings. And there were no signs of injury to Brown’s muzzle, not even detectable hair loss.”

She lists her hometown as South Daytona, Florida, on her Facebook page, and also has ties to Avon and Torrington, Connecticut, so police and animal control agencies in those three locations were inundated with calls from concerned citizens and launched investigations into the case.

She is due in court in Wake County, North Carolina, on December 14.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Brown Said ‘This Is What Happens When You Don’t Shut Up’

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Katie Brown wrote with the post, “This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!”

After angry replies to her post, she said, “I cant lie i did it for sixty seconds. It was time out and no more barking.”

The name of Brown’s dog is not known.

Kimberly Ann Howell, of North Carolina, was arrested in October on a charge of cruelty to animals after police said she posted a similar photo to Facebook showing a dog with its muzzle taped shut. She also said she taped the dog’s mouth to stop it from barking, police said.

William Dodson, of South Carolina, was arrested in June after he was accused of taping his dog’s muzzle shut.

The dog in that case, Caitlyn, has made a remarkable recovery and is acting as the ambassador for the humane treatment of animals for the Charleston Animal Society. Read more about her here. Dodson remains in custody and is awaiting trial.


2. She Said the Punishment Proved Her Point After the Dog Stopped Barking

Brown later made a second post to Facebook after she continued to receive angry messages.

“Dont panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since… POINT MADE!!!,” she wrote.

She also wrote, “Really people… Some dogs need a muzzle so they dont bite someones child!!!”

The posts remain up on her page.

Brown posted again Saturday morning, not seeming to realize how far the story has spread.

“I dont know what asshole did thr bullshit of posting my truck on line…. When i figure it out you are done!!!!,” Brown wrote.

The photos and posts were later deleted.


3. She Has Several Photos on Her Facebook Page With the Dog & Other Pets

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Katie Brown with her dog. (Facebook)

Brown’s Facebook page is filled with posts with the dog, along with other pets, including at least one other dog, and cats.

On November 18, she posted a photo of the dog and a cat sleeping, writing, “Thank goodness nap time.”

She recently put another dog to sleep, posting on October 18, “Well this day officially sucks i have to put my dog to sleep this morning. Rest on peace Sampson we love you but you get to be with Gramma De and Doug.”


4. Her Family Says She Was Making a Bad Joke

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South Daytona Police Lieutenant Daniel Dietrich told the Orlando Sentinel police went to the Florida home where she has been staying and spoke to her son.

“He said the dogs are in good health and cared for. We will follow up when she returns,” he told the newspaper.

According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal , Dietrich said at a press conference that Brown has not lived in South Daytona for a year and a half, and the dog has never lived in the city. He said they believe she lives in Avon, Connecticut, and the department there will be responsible for the investigation.

But Avon police told Heavy.com that’s not the case, and they have completed their investigation, determining she does not live in Avon. They say Florida authorities are still leading the investigation.

Dietrich told reporters that family members they’ve spoken to say Brown is “scared” and has turned her phone off after receiving threats. They said she is known for making “bad jokes” and believe that’s what this was.

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Animal control in Torrington, Connecticut, a city that Brown has also been connected to, posted on Facebook, “Thank you everyone for sending us info and links to help the Chocolate Lab. We are actively investigating this case and searching for the individual involved.”

Torrington Police said they are also aware of the post, but said the incident did not appear in its jurisdiction:

In regards to the dog that was photographed with it’s snout duct taped shut, the Torrington Police would like everyone to know that this incident did not happen within city limits. You are reminded that people post thinks without all the facts and not everything posted on the internet is necessarily true/accurate. The Daytona FL Animal Control office is investigating the incident and are the primary investigators. We appreciate everyone’s concerns and we take things such as this seriously. We are working with the Daytona office in this investigation and any further information can be given to us at 860-489-2000. We also remind our followers that Facebook is only for information and any crimes such as this need to be reported at the above number so that it gets handled properly, professionally and in a timely manner.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal, local TV stations and officials said they received hundreds of calls about the Facebook post.

Katie Brown with her dog. (Facebook)

Katie Brown with her dog. (Facebook)

“Wow. Love the outpouring of concern for the dog shown in disturbing Facebook posting. Thank you. Good people with good hearts want to help. SDPD is currently investigating. We have been overwhelmed with messages and emails. You can help us out by not sending further messages. Will update when we have information,” the city of South Daytona posted on its Facebook page.

The Volusia County Animal Services office also said on its Facebook page it has received hundreds of calls. It said that South Daytona Animal Control officers are investigating.

The News-Journal said it received more than 600 calls and emails from around the world.

The city of South Daytona posted an update Saturday morning, “Police have determined that this person was out of state for the holiday weekend. It appears that the photo was taken at that location. We have information to indicate that the dog is OK at this time. However, the police will be contacting this person once she returns to our City. Rest assured that a full investigation will be done and appropriate action will be taken. Again, thank you for the outpouring of concern and sharing of information.”

More than a hundred comments were made to that post within an hour, with many asking why police have not arrested Brown.

The Connecticut Humane Society said, “authorities in South Daytona Beach Florida as well as Avon, Simsbury and Torrington Ct. have all been made aware of this sick minded individual that posted this picture and comment.”


5. She Says She Is ‘Self-Employed’ & Went to Central Connecticut State University

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According to her Facebook page, Brown is “self-employed” and living in South Daytona. She says she went to Central Connecticut State University.

She posted in early November to say that she was in Florida living with her son.

Brown also has ties to Torrington. She went to Avon High School in Connecticut. Her address, phone number and other details have been posted online. Brown has also gone by the names Katherine Lemansky and Katherine Plati, according to public records.

She was convicted of second-degree breach of peace in Connecticut in August, stemming from a May arrest, court records show.

Her Facebook page lists her hometown as South Daytona, Florida, but according to other posts on her page and multiple sources, she has also lived in Avon, Connecticut. She has recently been visiting her son in Florida.

479 Comments

479 Comments

angela

A true animal lover and protector would never even consider doing this. Just think if it were a child. …abuse is abuse! She needs to pay the piper.

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Mark Dombroski

I hope they make an example of her so others will learn from this lesson. I hope she has no grand kids around her. And what made her do this is she insane dogs bark for a reason. Throw the book at her

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Anonymous

There is a woman named Roxie Connor in Wyoming who took a rescue dog and shoot it in the head then dumped it at the local dump! Someone needs to deal with her! Authorities turned their heads!

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Anonymous

If you need to muzzle your dog, then get a muzzle…..you do NOT use duct tape, electrical tape or any other device other than a manufactured MUZZLE, one that is intended for the sole purpose of eliminating a bark or avoiding a bite. Come on people….tape? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or another other highly intelligent individual….you just need common sense and if you don’t have that…don’t get an animal, don’t have pets, don’t have children. Taping a dog’s muzzle for ANY period of time is abuse. Plain and simple. IT IS ABUSE. PAY THE PRICE FOR YOUR ASSININE ACTIONS. GIVE UP YOUR ANIMALS FOR YOU CLEARLY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CARE FOR THEM.

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Judy Leonard

That nightmare of a woman, Katie brown, needs to be arrested and charged for animal abuse after the sick person duct tape her dog’s muzzle shut to teach it not to bark. Supposedly she’s only done this only ONCE and taught the dog from barking in one dose of ” training”. One of these agencies have to take responsibility for this and quit throwing jurisdiction back and forth as not have to deal with this. This is going to become much bigger if these agencies don’t get their professional acts together an iron this thing out till this woman can be charged and the animals be taken away from her.

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Dee Rutter

I hope they removed the dog I from her care and for it to find a great loving home it just pisses me off

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Anonymous

Looking at these photos tonight I notice marks on Katie’s face (eye and chin) and a mark under the dog’s nose (last photo). Earlier today I saw a photo of her son’s neck and a comment was added, the knife marks were caused by his mother (Katie). Neither one of them should have custody of a pet, their households appear too dangerous.

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Tamlyn

I think she made a bad choice. people really. two wrongs don’t make a right. stop the bullying and say some needed prayers for her and her family

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Cheryle C

Did she have a horrible last in judgement …..yes. Should she be punished….yes. But the dog doesn’t seem to be abused other than this incident. Understanding she is mourning the loss of her mother and possibly other stuff in her life is NO EXCUSE for her actions. And her reply/response as blatant, rude, or harsh may have been out of fear for realizing the horrible mistake she had made, no one knows. Maybe part of her punishment can be community service at an animal shelter?
Don’t get me wrong….my first response was to duck tape her to a cinder block close to water, but then I realized….she will suffer allot of reprocussusions fun her actions.

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Mj

I sent her a Facebook message saying only that I am happy to take that dog and give it a good home if she would let me.

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Anonymous

She is ignorant, rude, crude, and barbaric. Looks like a crack head. No doubt an animal abuser!

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Justin

Thats the dumb shit people are worrying about. Cant beleive i read that. Thought there was gonna be a sarcastic end to it like big fuckin deal motherfuckers. Jesus.

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Elizabeth

May want to add that her “complicated relationship” is with a supposed “COL. James Riggs.” The man in the pictures she has posted to her Facebook page are of LTC or Chaplain Derrick Riggs (whom she claims to be “COL. James Riggs”). Either she’s getting duped or lying. Whichever the case, the dog and this Service Member need justice!

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mrsjdt

Just plain unacceptable, so says the law!!. Find her, charge her, arrest her, judge her, impose the punishment, by law; incarcerate her if legal, possibly allow work release to a humane society or dog rescue (looks like a healthy woman, who could easily shovel, and disinfect, and scoop, and brush, and walk, and feed animals; or allow her to travel with humane investigator to assist with the sick and dying and infected animals). Makes ya wonder what else she does.

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Tyler Durden

Think of this…every time you see a dog with a strap style bark control devise or an anti bark collar.. Only reason it wrong or peecieved as wrong.. Is because its tape.. Tottaly stupid. Anyone that thinks this is animal cruelty should look at some of the “approved” antibark methods..

Just plan stupid.

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Anonymous

Very sick person to even think of doing this .this is no joke !!! Even if. She truly luvs her dog she is not mentally stable enough to own any pet if this is what she considers discipline!

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Sonia

What about Katie Brown’s boyfriend. She called him Col James Rig’s, Of the US Army. How he a good man the reason she gets up in the morning. Anyone checked with him?

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Elizabeth

The man she claims to be COL. James Riggs are actually photos of LTC or Chaplain Derrick Riggs and I’m sure he has no clue his photos are being used.

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YouAllAreDumbAsShit

Can everybody just shut the fuck up about this. She put duck tape over the mouth, for which seems like is ONLY for a fuckin picture! I think she’s obviously not an abusive person with the other pictures shown. All this politically correct bullshit is too much.

Your all a bunch of pussies who never experienced shit… People with their fucking face glued to the computer just to troll Facebook and websites so you can say your precious opinion that nobody gives a fuck about. I really hope the world goes to shit soon so everything starts over and you pathetic fucks that are useless don’t have a chance at surviving…..well, maybe if you eat some dogs.

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Anonymous

So in other words America you donot give a shot about this dog. Just keep. Passing the buck. This batch needs sorting

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