UPDATE: Assistant district attorney removed from job after suggesting pet owner have his dog’s vocal chords removed

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A North Carolina dog owner was appalled after the assistant district attorney in Graham County, North Carolina proposed he remove the vocal chords of his dog in exchange for dropping barking noise violation charges. The attorney is no longer employed by the county.

The attorney who worked for the county had advised the dog’s owner that all charges for noise pollution would be dropped if he agreed to having his dog’s vocal chords removed. The surgical procedure known as devocalization has been considered inhumane by animal welfare organizations.

Michael Eddings, according to Newsweek, the owner of Leo, a seven-year-old Great Pyrenees, has been facing noise charges because of his dog barking.

According to WchfNews, Graham County District Attorney Ashley Welch stated she did not “condone, support or approve his suggestion” and agreed the idea was completely inappropriate. Nevertheless, charges for neither the dog nor his owner have been dropped. The noise ordinance in town, although not defined as to quiet hours, states noise should not be clearly audible at a distance of more than 50 feet from the source of the noise. Eddings says his dog is big, and therefore his bark is louder – with Eddings also maintaining other dogs are barking in the neighborhood.

Eddings will not consider getting his dog debarked or using a barking collar. The next court appearance is scheduled for October.

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What a way for this one to cool off.
Great Dane wants to play with kitty’s toy too.
1 reply
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    I am very happy that this cruel individual is not in a “power position” anymore.

    I hope the complainant realizes that there are a number of dogs in that area and it’s wrong to single out 1 family…..,,


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