SOUTH DAYTONA, FL — Officials in Florida and Connecticut are investigating a recent Facebook post that shows a photo of a dog with its mouth taped shut. And the owner is now being investigated for animal cruelty.
According to PIX11, Katie Brown shared on social media a dog with duct tape wrapped around its mouth with a caption that read, “This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!”
Since Brown’s posting, it’s been shared more than 300,000 times since Friday, and has garnered many negative comments.
The South Daytona Police Department started to investigate the case, but through her Facebook profile, it says Brown is from South Daytona — but the city’s Facebook page says she has not lived there in more than a year.
According to the South Daytona police, Brown now lives in Avon, Connecticut. And now the animal cruelty case has been handed over to authorities there.
WGN says as of Saturday afternoon, Brown still had the post up on display to the public despite criticism. She claims the tape was only on the dog’s mouth for a brief time.
Brown posted this shortly after the photo: “Dont panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since… POINT MADE!!!”