Man investigated for severing pet dogs’ vocal cords

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/18 16:14:52

A Sichuan Province man is being investigated for severing hundreds of pet dogs' vocal cords, an operation to make pet dogs "quiet", media reported on Sunday.

Police in Chengdu, capital city of Sichuan, has shut down the "clinic stall" at a local pet market, where the suspect, surnamed Zeng, had performed the illegal procedures on dogs.

In shocking video footage uploaded online on Thursday, Zeng and an assistant are seen cutting the vocal cords of an anaesthetized pet dog.

Their working conditions were far from sterile. The pair used pliers and tampons for their operations, none of which appear to be properly disinfected.

Chunks of removed vocal cords were strewn on the ground.

Zeng reportedly can perform 10 such operations within an hour, and he would charge 50 yuan ($8) for each. 

"I'm not licensed to be a veterinarian, I'm just a pet shop owner," Zeng told the local reporter, "I was taught this trick many years ago."

Pet owners choose the weird operations for their pets to avoid complaints from their neighbors, whom the pets often bark at.

"It is better to make them voiceless than having them taken away," one poodle owner explained, "Sometimes dog barks are indeed a nuisance."

Though the controversial procedure has been around for decades, it has decreased in popularity.

Zeng is under police investigation.

Chengdu Economic Daily

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