Dogs bark. It’s a simple fact that most people understand and don’t think twice about. Sure, it’s a bit annoying when you’re trying to sleep and your dogs see something outside that they just must bark at, but it’s just what they do. Unfortunately, some people prefer to cause irreparable harm to their dogs just to keep them quiet.

Debarking involves severing or mutilating a dog’s vocal cords. The procedure can cause infection, respiratory problems, and severe emotional trauma to the dogs. It is completely unnecessary and inhumane. In 2012, a couple was fined and ordered to debark their dogs because it disturbed their neighbors who had to “turn up the volume of their TV to watch shows.” Luckily, debarking dogs is banned in multiple states like Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New Jersey. However, some people still subject their pups to the cruel procedure illegally.

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An unlicensed breeder in Pennsylvania performed a DIY version of the procedure on multiple dogs without any anesthesia. Their DIY procedure involved repeatedly jamming a cylindrical object down the dogs’ throats to mutilate the vocal cords. Fifteen dogs have been rescued by humane organizations and are set to be placed in loving homes. Now it is a matter of making sure they get justice. Sign this petition to make sure that the breeder is never allowed to own another animal again.

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