In a recent controversial court hearing, an Oregon judge ordered a couple to debark their dogs after long-term neighbors complained that the dogs’ barking was so loud that it was disrupting their lives and adding stress to the point their children dreaded coming home after school.
The neighbors filed a case in 2012, with audio recordings of the barking, and the court ruled the dog’s guardians had to pay a fine and find a solution to curb their dogs’ barking. Additionally, the dog guardians were cited in 2005 for their dogs being a public nuisance. When the barking continued, a judge ruled the dog owners must debark their dogs, despite the defense that the dogs needed to bark in order to protect the livestock on their property.
As a petition on Care2 explains, debarking is a painful surgery that involves severing the vocal cords so the bark is not as loud. Like all surgeries, there are risks involved, and debarking requires anesthesia, which increases risks. The petition is calling on the Oregon Supreme Court and its officials to ban the cruel practice of debarking.
If you want to see an end to debarking, please take a moment to sign this petition and voice your opinion. And please share this with your friends and family to increase awareness of the issue.
It is true incessantly barking dogs can certainly be public disturbances that affect neighbors’ health (i.e. disturbing sleep) and mental well-being, but there are options beyond painful and unnecessary surgery. If you or your neighbor’s dogs have issues with incessant barking, first try and find the root of the problem – are the dogs being left alone for too long? Are they ill or in pain? Do they need more exercise? For humane solutions to common barking problems, please read these tips and share with others who could benefit from them.
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