NY Assembly Passes Debarking Ban

NY Assembly Passes Debarking Ban


Assembly Bill 1204, which would outlaw the veterinary procedure commonly called “debarking” or “bark softening”, has passed the Assembly and is pending in the Senate Agriculture Committee.

New York residents are urged to contact the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee and your State Senator and express concerns with Assembly Bill 1204, which could ban a safe veterinary procedure that can help certain dogs stay in loving homes if other behavior modifications fail.  

Talking Points:

There is much misinformation circulating about debarking.  This is a minimally intrusive procedure that does not eliminate a dog’s ability to bark, but rather softens it.  It is not meant as an alternative to appropriate dog training and socialization, but is an option that should remain open for those with dogs whose excessive barking cannot be controlled.  This decision, made in conjunction with a qualified veterinarian, could be a last resort for owners who would be otherwise forced to give their dog to a shelter instead of a loving home.

NY Senate Agriculture Committee:

Sen. Patty Ritchie (Chair)
Sen. Patrick Gallivan
Sen. Terry Gipson
Sen. Velmanette Montgomery
Sen. Thomas O’Mara
Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer
Sen. Jose’ Serrano
Sen. James Seward
Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk
Sen. David Valesky
Sen. Catharine Young

AKC Government Relations (AKC GR) will continue to closely monitor this legislation and provide updates as they become available. For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.