“We do not have the dogs to harass the neighbors. We have the dogs to protect our sheep," she said. “The next line of defense is a gun. I don’t need to use a gun, if I can protect my sheep with dogs."
The ALDF's Rosengard points out that, if nothing else, at least the family has a humane option beyond surgically removing the dogs' vocal cords — they can move them, since the order applies only to dogs living on the property. And the case may even have a positive effect as well; nearly 60,000 people have signed an online petition asking for lawmakers to ban debarking since the Oregon court issued its decision.
"We hope the dogs find homes where they will be able to live out their lives without being subject to debarking or embroiled in human lawsuits," Rosengard said. "More broadly, I hope that this case will inspire my fellow Oregonians to reconsider the need for legislation that would prohibit these convenience mutilations."