Earlier than you go posting to social media considering you’ll get rallies of help out of your family and friends, suppose once more.
Katherine Lemansky – also called Katie Brown on her Fb web page – in all probability thought she would get a extra optimistic response when she shared a photograph of her dog yesterday on social media.
Nonetheless, she acquired a impolite get up name when the responses to her photograph have been all however good. And rightfully so.
Katherine shared a photograph of her dog Brown with its mouth taped shut. The picture went viral for all of the mistaken causes. Many cited animal cruelty, together with a Wake County, North Carolina courtroom who formally discovered Katherine responsible for the crime.
The decide within the courtroom ordered one yr of supervised probation for Katherine however finally suspended the sentence.
As you may think, there have been combined reactions to the judgment. Some have been indignant over the shortage of punishment; some have been stunned that the case even went to court docket, and others felt that the choice confirmed progress in the direction of taking crimes towards animals and animal cruelty extra significantly.
Katherine Lemansky’s case isn’t the one case of cruelly muzzling her dog. Kimberly Ann Howell additionally did the heinous deed to her personal dog, however she claimed to have taped the dog’s muzzle shut “as a joke”.
Kimberly was additionally convicted of animal cruelty in North Carolina simply this previous December.
However much more disturbing, Kimberly’s merciless act left everlasting scarring on her poor SC dog named Caitlyn. She suffered her muzzle being taped shut for at the least 48 hours in Could 2015.
The case towards Kimberly, Caitlyn’s former proprietor, continues to be pending.
Relating to Katherine Lemanksy’s case, a three-state investigation decided that her photograph got here from North Carolina.
From there, Animal Management Supervisor Shelly Smith from Cary, NC started her personal investigation.
When Supervisor Smith questioned Katherine concerning the photograph, Katherine claimed it was all “only a joke” and that the photograph was solely meant to be proven to her son.
This excuse appears unlikely, nevertheless, because it appeared on her public Fb newsfeed with the despicable caption, “That is what occurs whenever you don’t shut up!!!”
Kimberly immediately acquired adverse backlash for the photograph, prompting her to publish a follow-up later in the identical day.
Within the follow-up photograph, she wrote, “Don’t panic everybody it was just for a minute however [the dog] hasn’t barked since… POINT MADE!!!
However the look on that poor dog’s face speaks volumes.
Regardless of Katherine Lemansky’s makes an attempt to brush off the severity of the state of affairs, the animal welfare group and authorities weren’t going to let the case go so simply. Supervisor Smith performed a house go to quickly after the incident to test on the dog’s properly being. She discovered that the dog was in good spirits with no indicators of damage, swelling or hair loss.
Katherine added that the duct tape on Brown’s muzzle (Brown being the dog) had solely been there for 15-20 seconds. That also doesn’t make the act okay.
Nonetheless, Supervisor Smith got here to the conclusion that the state of affairs didn’t require the dog to be faraway from the house. Nonetheless, she felt the case towards Lemansky ought to transfer ahead as scheduled.
In the course of the court docket’s proceedings, the prosecutor famous that regardless that Brown didn’t undergo any seen accidents from the duct tape, it nonetheless did trigger ache; subsequently, Katherine dedicated an act of animal cruelty.
The decide agreed. Although Katherine won’t be serving time in jail or be required to serve the whole lot of her year-long probation, she should nonetheless pay the court docket charges for her crime.
Hopefully, she is going to study from this pricey mistake and deal with Brown kinder sooner or later.
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