Existing Pro-Devocalization Legislation

Introduction

As ISAR and other individuals and organizations fight to end the barbaric practice of devocalization at all levels of government, more than a few have laws on their books—hiding in a comparatively obscure part of their ordinances and statutes—actually requiring devocalization.

Putting aside the constitutional deficiencies in these ordinances and statutes (e.g. burden of proof, quantum of evidence, right to counsel), the cruel nature of the medical procedure, and the immorality of devocalization, as a practical matter devocalization of dogs can actually be a danger to the public safety in general and law enforcement in particular.

County of Riverside, California

Section 8.10.080 Administrative abatement measures.

The Administrative Hearing Officer may, as part of his/her determination that the animal is a noisy animal and a public nuisance, direct the Responsible Party [usually the custodian] to perform one or more of the following actions [this list is illustrative rather than comprehensive]:

E. Require the animal to be debarked at the expense of the Responsible Party. . . .

Jefferson County, Colorado

County Regulation

The Jefferson County Animal Control and Licensing Regulation prohibits a dog from disturbing the peace of any other person by loud, habitual and persistent barking, howling, yelping, whining, whether the dog is on or off the dog owner’s premises. Violation of this provision could result in a penalty assessment which ranges from $50 to $1,000 and/or a court appearance.

Mechanical and Surgical Solutions

Anti-bark collars, either electronic or sonic, as well as fence-mounted anti-bark devices, are available through local pet store and pet product distributors. Veterinarians can “debark” a dog surgically by cutting the vocal cords. Talk with your veterinarian about what method may be more appropriate for your pet. Both methods are more effective when accompanied by consistent training. If you are too busy to spend time with your dog every day, you are probably too busy to own a dog. Please evaluate your situation and do what is best for your dog.