Iowa woman arrested for illegally debarking dogs

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In Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, an Iowa woman faces charges for illegally debarking dogs. Denise Felling, 55, has been arrested by the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office on Friday and is expected to be extradited to Lancaster County.

According to the York Daily Record, Felling faces eight felony counts of animal cruelty. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals claims Felling illegally debarked four dogs in the county earlier this year by pushing a rod into the dogs’ throats to sever their vocal chords. The procedure is illegal in the state unless performed by a veterinarian under anesthesia.

In May, Anne Beiler, an unlicensed breeder of huskies, had been under investigation by  PSPCA investigators after reports of a female husky having been debarked was brought to their attention. Beiler later identified Felling as the person who performed the procedures.

“We intend to get justice for these dogs who were victims of such horrific cruelty and ensure that not one more dog is subjected to such a procedure,” the PSPCA stated in a press release.

Felling had been a veterinarian in Iowa, however her license had been revoked. The four dogs subjected to this cruelty were previously surrendered to the PSPCA and have since been adopted.

(Photo of Rose who was alleged debarked via the Pennsylvania SPCA)

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