A man claiming to be a vet is under investigation after he was filmed pulling out dogs’ vocal cords in roadside surgeries.
He was filmed ‘silencing’ the dogs by slicing their vocal cords in China’s Sichuan province.
Officials in Qingbaijiang District in Chengdu are now investigating the de-barking procedures by the man, identified only as Zeng, and his assistant who are both said to be unlicensed.
The practice involves reaching into the throats of dogs and cutting their vocal cords, leaving the animals with a muted bark. But the procedure – which involves prising their mouths open with string on their teeth – was carried out in broad daylight at a local flower and bird market.
It’s leaving many questioning the hygiene standards as well as morality of the practice.
According to the his customers, the pets were anaesthetised with a shot to one of their legs.
And the animals would be left lying lifelessly on the side as they wait for the effects to wear off.
But the lack of sanitation was apparent when Zeng used the same set off tools on all the dogs in an operation that took just five minutes each time, costing between £5 and £11.
Zeng, who claimed to have learnt the skills at a pet shop in the past, has since had his tools confiscated. And he is now under investigation by local police, who may punish him for carrying out the unauthorized operations.
Many of his client’s, however, did not appear to see the surgery as brutal or cruel.
One woman, whose toy poodle had been the subject of constant complaints because of its darking; said she would much rather pay for debarking rather than abandon it or give it away.