Dog lovers across China are currently voicing their utter disgust and outrage over a viral video showing a “veterinarian” snipping canines’ vocal cords on the street.
The man had apparently been doing brisk business at a stall set up at a bird and flower market in Chengdu where a number of dog owners brought in their pooches, hoping that the “vet” could help to quiet them down a bit.
To do this, the man first puts the dog to sleep with some anesthesia. Then, his “veterinary assistant” helps to open the animal’s mouth wide while he uses a pair of bloody scissors to make sure that the dog will no longer annoy the neighbors.
The procedure takes just five minutes to complete and costs 50 to 100 yuan.
Afterward, the man told a Chengdu Business Daily reporter that he learned how to perform the surgery after opening a pet shop some years ago. In talking with him, the reporter, unsurprisingly, found out that the man was not qualified to be a veterinarian or to perform the operation.
In addition, the reporter noted the appalling conditions at the man’s stall. In between operations, his tools and needles were not sanitized or cleaned. Meanwhile, doggy blood and cotton were scattered all over the ground underneath his feet.
Moreover, it also turns out that Chinese law prohibits veterinary operations from being carried out on the street because of obvious health and safety implications to the public.
The man has since been ordered to leave the market and a police investigation is now underway.
In the dog world, the procedure of “debarking” canines is extremely controversial and is considered cruel and inhumane by many owners and trainers. Aimed at lowering the volume of a dog’s bark, the surgical procedure involves reducing tissue in the animal’s vocal cords and is often come to as a last resort by dog owners who are unable to stop or stand their pets’ incessant yapping.
However, presumably, all would agree that the procedure should be performed only by a qualified vet in a sanitary environment.
While you’re waiting for your dog to be “debarked,” you can always head over to another alley in Chengdu to get your eyes cleaned by a 62-year-old with a sharp blade.
[Images via Chengdu Business Daily]
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