The New York Times takes on the controversial issue of debarking on its front page today.
The story looks at the growing movement of veterinary hospitals - and the American Veterinary Medical Association -away from the practice and the pressures on owners with vocal dogs - particularly in urban areas - to quiet them.
Gov. Rendell signed a bill last year making it illegal for anyone other than a licensed vet to debark a dog, or perform other surgical procedures such as C-sections.
The legislation was drafted after animal rescue groups provided ample evidence that some breeders had performed the procedure themselves, using crude implements - such as pipes - and causing extreme pain and often extensive damage to the animals' throats.