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NY Assembly Approves Debarking Ban - Contact the Senate!

(Friday, January 24, 2014)
Yesterday, the New York Assembly voted to approve a state ban on debarking. The bill now goes to the Senate Agriculture Committee. In 2013, an identical bill passed the Assembly but was held by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

It is imperative that New York residents and those who participate in dog events in the state contact the committee TODAY and ask them to once again oppose Assembly Bill 1204.

The AKC opposes this bill, which would restrict the rights of responsible dog owners to make viable, safe decisions on behalf of their pets in conjunction with their veterinarians.

There is much misinformation about the veterinary surgical procedure of debarking. Debarking is a viable veterinary procedure that may allow a dog owner to keep a dog in its loving home rather than to be forced to euthanize or surrender it to a shelter when the pet's noisy behavior continually disrupts the community.

Debarking should only be performed under anesthesia by a qualified veterinarian after behavioral medication efforts to correct a dog’s excessive barking have failed. As with other veterinary medical decisions, the decision to debark a dog is best left to individual owners and their veterinarians.

Talking Points:

Read the AKC’s position statement on debarking

Read AKC’s Issue Analysis: Dispelling the Myths of Cropped Ears, Docked Tails, Dewclaws, and Debarking

View a sample letter to personalize

View a sample phone script

Contact Information:

Click on the committee member’s name below for Albany and district contact information:

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.