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Police investigate viral photo of dog with mouth taped shut

AVON, Conn. - A photo shared on Facebook depicting a dog with duct tape wrapped tightly around its mouth spawned both outrage on social media and a police investigation in Connecticut.

Police Departments in Connecticut as well as Florida started getting inundated with calls about the photo late last week, reports CBS affiliate WFSB in Connecticut.

The picture was posted by a woman named Katie Brown just before 10 a.m. Friday with the caption, "This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!"

Police say Brown's listed residence is South Daytona, Florida but she has ties to Connecticut. Brown's Facebook page states she attended Central Connecticut State University.

Following a barrage of calls from concerned animal lovers, Avon police investigated an address associated with Brown's family but quickly determined the incident did not occur there.

Chief Mark Rinaldo says officers verified that Brown and the dog in question both reside in Florida. However, WFSB reports officers in Florida say the woman lives in Avon, Connecticut.

An Avon Police Department spokesperson told WFSB the situation "is causing a serious strain on our dispatch center."

Brown couldn't be reached for comment.

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