An unlicensed vet was caught cutting pet dogs’ vocal cords in southwestern China. The man, surnamed Zeng, set up his business at a stall in a Chengdu market. He was ordered to leave after authorities launched an investigation into his practice.
A white Pomeranian puppy was forced to have its vocal cords removed in south-west China
He told the outlet that he learned to perform the procedure — “debarking” — a few years ago after opening a pet shop. The procedure, which lasts just around five minutes, costs around 50 to 100 yuan ($8 to $16).
Chengdu Business Daily found that Zeng’s working space is overwhelmingly unsanitary, as seen in photos of blood and used cotton left on the ground. More alarmingly, Zeng does not sanitize his paraphernalia in between operations, which can increase the risk of infection between the dogs.
Many Chinese netizens expressed their disgust at the practice, with some commenting: “As man’s companion, we must love dogs. How can such cruel deprivation of their ability to express take place?”
“Even if someone is qualified, this operation must not be done. It is plain selfish.” “People sometimes speak quite noisy, can they be cut, too?”