Husky Rescue calls for legislation to end debarking procedure in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Oklahoma’s rescue, Husky Halfway House, is seeking to put in place a law that will prevent the devocalization or debarking of dogs in the state.

Their goal to pass this law came after receiving two huskies who had been debarked or had part of their vocal cords removed.

Husky Halfway House was contacted by an out-of-state rescue who informed them that two huskies had been placed in their care by a licensed breeder in Texas.

“We were informed that they had been debarked or devocalized before the rescue caught up with them, and we learned that the Texas breeder was doing this to all of their dogs,” said Jessi Alexander, social media and marketing manager. marketing at Husky Halfway. Accommodation.

Selene and Sonja, estimated to be four or five years old, were then brought to Husky Halfway House in early January.

“They arrived very late at night and they were scared and nervous and very stressed just from being moved,” Alexander said.

But their sound, or lack thereof, was something the rescue wasn’t sure about.

“So the next morning, every time we noticed that, you know, how heartbreaking it was,” Alexander said. “Our manager, Jenny, was inside and she could barely hear, you know, the little whistle and walked out, and it breaks your heart to hear them like that.”

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association defines devocalization as partial suppression of the vocal cords for the purpose of muffling or eliminating dog barking.

While there isn’t necessarily a medical reason for this surgery, it is sometimes court-ordered for homeowners if they have noise complaints. The other option is to get rid of the animal.

The procedure, although not a common practice, is still performed in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners sent the following statement to KFOR regarding devocalisation:

“In Oklahoma, it is not illegal to debark a dog, but on the other hand, several states prohibit this practice – because we are complaint-driven, we review all complaints related to the practice of veterinary medicine to ensure that all animals are protected from the improper and illegal practice of veterinary medicine and we have not received any complaints related to debarking.

With the new additions in their care, Husky Halfway House is now determined to end the landfall in Oklahoma. They started an online petition with the aim of reaching 20,000 signatures before presenting it to lawmakers.

“Right now it’s just about strengthening those signings, building momentum behind us,” Alexander said. “Then we present it to Oklahoma lawmakers and eventually the entire country.”

As for what’s next for Selene and Sonja…

“We are integrating them little by little into playgroups and they are starting to approach the people to the rescue. So that’s good, ”said Alexander. “They make moves. They are improving, which tells us that eventually they will be able to trust people and be adoptable. So once we fully rehabilitate them, we will make them adoptable.

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