Florida Woman Katie Brown’s Viral Photo of Dog With Mouth Duct-Taped Shut Draws Online Scorn

November 30, 2015 Updated: November 30, 2015

A Florida woman who posted a photo of a dog with its mouth taped shut has become the target of online scorn.

The photo was posted by a Facebook user named Katie Brown. It shows a dog with its mouth tightly shut with duct tape. “This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!” the photo was captioned. “Dont panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since… POINT MADE!!!” she later wrote.

Police departments in Connecticut and Florida started getting bogged down with calls from people.

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The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that animal lovers called on Volusia County law enforcement Friday and Saturday to act. The photos were posted on a wall of a Facebook user that listed her hometown as South Daytona, Florida.

Officials have told people to stop inundating them with phone calls about the dog photo. The city of South Daytona said an animal cruelty investigation is ongoing into the case.

“Then I guess you guys needs to track her down faster. People will keep calling until they are assured the situation has been handled and that dog removed from that monster’s home. They just want assurance that this is being handled and the dog is safe,” wrote one person on the Facebook page of the City of South Daytona in response to officials’ pleas. The city responded: “We want this resolved also. The police have all the information and have been working this case through the night.”

Another woman added: “People will call until the posts are removed, hell it could appear on someone’s newsfeed 2 months from now there still going to call. You can’t stop that, as for the emergency line, since I’m rather familar with emergency services I know there is a NON- emergency line that people can call.”

An Avon Police Department spokesperson told WFSB-TV that the situation “is causing a serious strain on our dispatch center,” CBS News reported.

Brown’s profile lists her as living in South Daytona and attending Central Connecticut State University.


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Posted by City of South Daytona on Saturday, November 28, 2015

South Daytona Police’s own Facebook page said that they “have information to indicate that the dog is OK at this time.”


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Posted by Torrington Animal Control on Saturday, November 28, 2015

It added: “The police have all the information and have been working this case through the night. Rest assured that a full investigation will be done and appropriate action will be taken.”