A puppy has been seized from a woman by an animal shelter because of a collar on her boyfriend’s dog. The woman took her own puppy to the shelter to be examined because he was not eating. The animal shelter manager then told the woman that she couldn’t take her puppy home because her boyfriend’s dog (who accompanied her to the shelter) was wearing an anti-bark collar that sprays citronella into his face when he barks.
The animal shelter manager stated that: “we believe that negative reinforcement is not humane, and it is stated in our contract.” He said that he could not be certain that the collar would not be used on the puppy. The puppy will be available for adoption after seeing a vet. The woman has filed a complaint with the state department of agriculture.