A letter writer shares her thoughts on debarking.
A letter writer shares her thoughts on debarking. Rob Williams

LETTER: Why debarking is illegal and cruel

RECENTLY there was a woman on Gladstone Open Discussion Facebook page asking if anyone knew of a vet who would debark her dog.

I had several people phone me to talk about this because it is a cruel practice and no dog should have to suffer like this.

The RSPCA does not endorse this practice and it is a criminal offence to debark a dog unless it is for a certain health issue.

Someone advised this woman to take the dog out of Queensland to have the operation.

Anyone doing this can be charged in Queensland when they return, when the authorities have been notified, even if it was not done in this state.

She claimed her dog was barking all day just to hear itself.

She said no one had made a complaint, but she was worried someone would.

This indicates to me this woman does not speak to her neighbours to find out if there is really a problem with her dog.

Most of the time this problem is an owner problem and not a dog problem.

This woman claimed she had a dog trainer try to rectify the problem.

I must say any dog trainer who can't fix this problem is not a real dog trainer.

I contacted this woman via a private message on Facebook and she was not interested in receiving any advice on the problem.

She was hell-bent on punishing the dog.

Anyone who owns a dog and has the need to debark the dog does not care at all about the animal and should not own a dog.

Put it up for adoption and allow someone else to give it the love and attention it needs.

I have seen this before and, when the dog was re-homed, it was a different dog within a day just from a bit of love and attention.

There is no such thing as a bad dog.

It is always the bad owner.

Barb Smith

Gladstone



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