A man outraged by the proposal made by the justice to stop his dog from barking

A man has been taken to court for his dog’s barking. The assistant prosecutor then made him an offer which he found scandalous.

Michael Eddings lives in North Carolina. He received a summons after his neighbors filed a complaint against his dog for noise pollution. But when Michael ended up in court, the assistant district attorney made him a terrible offer.

Illustration of the article: A man scandalized by the proposal made by the justice to stop his dog from barking

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The prosecutor proposed the devocalisation of Leo

The accused dog’s name is Leo and is 7 years old. He is accused of barking too much. However, Michael says one of his neighbors has four noisy dogs, and the house across from him has several as well. He therefore does not understand that Leo is the only one targeted by the complaint.

Illustration of the article: A man scandalized by the proposal made by the justice to stop his dog from barking

© Michael Griffin Eddings

During the hearing, an assistant prosecutor offered to carry out the devocalisation of Leo. It is a surgical operation which would consist in removing the vocal cords from him. “He said if the vocal cords were surgically removed they would drop all charges“, said Michaelin words reported by Newsweek.

Illustration of the article: A man scandalized by the proposal made by the justice to stop his dog from barking

© Michael Griffin Eddings

An act deemed “cruel and unnecessary” by animal welfare experts

Michael find this proposal”crazy woman” and “inhuman”. And associations for animal welfare confirm it. First of all, devocalization involves many risks of complications: infection, swelling of the respiratory tract, narrowing of the throat, chronic cough, nausea or even pneumonia.

Illustration of the article: A man scandalized by the proposal made by the justice to stop his dog from barking

© Michael Griffin Eddings

Moreover, devocalization deprives dogs of their means of communication. This generates frustration and stress in them. They also become more vulnerable to threats since they are unable to defend themselves by barking.

The prosecutor confirmed that his deputy had made this proposal and he said about it “Whether made jokingly or seriously, the suggestion was inappropriate.

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