Crazy Neighbors Demand Dog Surgically Debarked

Like chainsmokers and serial renovators, noisy dogs make bad neighbors. Citronella collars and extra training are the traditional measures of last resort. But is debarking surgery staging a comeback?

This morning's New York Times has a front page story about an Upper East Side family that surgically debarked their daschund-terrier mix for their co-op neighbors.

The dog's vocal cords were apparently clipped "after a neighbor in the family's apartment building on the Upper East Side threatened to complain to the co-op board about the noisy dog," writes The Times.

BrickUnderground suspects there may be more to the story, noting that the mere threat of a complaint to the board is not particularly menacing to most New Yorkers.