The woman accused of duct-taping her dog's mouth closed and posting the photo to her Facebook page last month made an appearance in court Monday.

Katharine Lemansky, 45, is charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, which carries a fine and up to 150 days in jail.

At her court appearance in Wake County, N.C., Lemansky was given a court-appointed attorney.

The picture she posted Nov. 27 prompted a police search across multiple states for the woman, including Florida, because Lemansky used to live in Volusia County and still has some property there.

She was eventually tracked down in North Carolina, where officers say she admitted to the incident but said the dog's mouth was only duct-taped for about 60 seconds. She still has the dog.


Police say Katharine Lemansky admitted to posting this photo of her dog, Brown, with its mouth duct-taped shut Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, with the caption 'This is what happens when you don't shut up.' Lemansky has been charged with animal cruelty. (Facebook)