Illegally debarked dogs rescued from unlicensed breeder

John McDevitt
May 30, 2018 - 4:17 pm
The three debarked dogs, as well as two other adult dogs and 10 puppies — some as young as 4 weeks old — were also rescued and signed over to the PSPCA's care.

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QUARRYVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — An animal cruelty investigation is underway after three debarked dogs were found at the home of a an unlicensed breeder in Lancaster County. 

Devocalizing a dog is prohibited in Pennsylvania unless the procedure is performed by a licensed veterinarian using anesthesia.  

"Doing that kind of damage to an animal is just not acceptable," said Nicole Wilson, director of humane law enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA. "At this time, the legislature has agreed with that and has now made debarking illegal. It's been illegal for years now and they have increased the severity of having an animal debarked under the statute by someone who is not a veterinarian."

The three debarked dogs, as well as two other adult dogs and 10 puppies — some as young as 4 weeks old — were also rescued and signed over to the PSPCA's care.

Eventually, all of the animals will be available for adoption.