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This Oregon couple has been ordered by the court to 'debark' their dogs

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered a sheep-farming couple to have their dogs surgically "debarked." Karen Szewc and John Updegraff had already been ordered to pay $238,000 compensation to neighbors for the loud barking of their six sheepdogs, but now the court is requiring vocal-cord surgery. "We do not have the dogs to harass our neighbors," said Szewc. "We have the dogs to protect our sheep."