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Woman Who Duct Taped Dog's Mouth Shut Found Guilty Of Animal Cruelty

The picture sparked massive online outrage and investigations in three states.

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Katharine Lemansky, aka Katie Brown, was charged in November with misdemeanor animal cruelty after South Daytona, Florida, police tracked her down in North Carolina.

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Lemansky was sentenced by a judge Friday to a year of supervised probation, but the sentence was suspended. She was also ordered to pay court fees, local media reported.


In fact, so many people contacted the South Daytona Police Department that the officers wrote it was tying up their emergency line.

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And in Connecticut, a local animal control department wrote the flood of emails crashed their inbox.

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Investigations into the photo were launched by both the South Daytona Police Department and the Avon Police Department, NBC Connecticut reported.

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The city said on Facebook that its police officers had worked with local police in the city to bring Lemansky to justice.

As for the dog? Police said it is OK.

"The dog is fine and there were no signs of injury," officials said.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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