RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The woman at the center of an international outcry on social media was found guilty of animal cruelty Friday afternoon in a Wake County courtroom Friday.
Late last year, Katharine Lemansky posted a photo of a dog with its mouth duct taped shut to Facebook. It was captioned, “This is what happens when you don’t shut up!!!”
Lemansky pleaded not guilty on Friday.
The online post sparked a search by police for the owner in multiple states; that search ended in Cary.
Police said she admitted that the incident happened in Cary.
In a follow-up post, she said the duct tape was only on the dog for 60 seconds.
Lemansky is charged with one count of Class 1 misdemeanor cruelty to animals. If she’s found guilty, she could face a fine and up to 150 days in jail.
In November, police allowed Lemansky to keep the dog because there were no signs of injury and her animals appeared to be well-cared for.
At a December court appearance, CBS North Carolina asked Lemansky about the incident. She said she had no comment.
Lemansky was also asked how her dog was doing and she said, “She’s fine, thank you.”