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Dog Won't 'Shut Up' ... So Woman Duct-Tapes Her Mouth And Brags About It

A woman posted a picture of her dog with her mouth duct-taped shut on Facebook on Friday morning, enraging just about everyone. Her reasoning? She wouldn't stop barking.

Katie Brown, photo-image-picture-shows-dog-with-muzzle-mouth-duct-taped-shut-animal-cruelty-police-charges-name-abuse-investigation/">who is reportedly either a resident of Connecticut or Florida, posted a photo of her dog looking aside, defeated, mouth tightly taped shut. The caption of the photo read: "This is what happens when you don't shut up!!!"

Thankfully, the internet reacted almost immediately, scolding Brown and instructing her to take the tape off the dog at once. Brown responded to their comments, saying, "I can't lie I did it for sixty seconds. It was time out and no more barking." Later, she made a separate post that said, "Don't panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasn't barked since... POINT MADE!!!"

Brown's Facebook friends called her a loser and an animal abuser among other things, and the post has since been shared across Facebook over 174,000 times. Concerned animal lovers who saw the post wasted no time, and the South Daytona Police Department received countless calls and emails regarding the dog's safety and well-being, and are investigating.

In response to everyone who reached out to them, the City of South Daytona's Facebook page read: "The South Daytona Police are aware of the disturbing Facebook posting and photo by Katie Brown regarding her treatment of a dog. Be assured that there is an active animal cruelty investigation in progress. We are taking this very seriously. Please don't send further emails or messages as our email system is overwhelmed. We thank you for your help."

While this situation is incredibly disturbing, it is heartening to see how many people recognized that this was not OK, and contacted the right people. There are ways to report animal cruelty on the internet and show the abusers that they can no longer get away with it so easily.

There have been many other horrible cases of dogs having their mouths taped shut, such as Caitlyn, the dog from South Carolina who has become something of a national figure. She's safe now, and we can only hope the same for this dog, too.