Pronged dog collars are common in the United States, with tens of thousands of prong or "pinch" collars sold at retailers and pet specialty shops each year.
Still, a Spokane, Wash., man is facing the possibility of a year behind bars and a $5,000 fine after a veterinarian had to surgically remove a pronged collar from his dog's neck.
the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, aka SCRAPS
, said the dog had been kept on the property of Miguel Lazcano-Mellado, 45, for three to four months. When the shepherd mix escaped from his Lazcano-Mellado's backyard, he put a pronged collar on the animal.
Now, the pet owner is facing a charge of second-degree animal cruelty, which in Washington carries a possible maximum jail sentence of 365 days.
Meanwhile, in Idaho, a much-debated and highly-revised measure to strengthen the Gem State's animal cruelty law passed through the Idaho House and Senate this month.
Idaho's current animal cruelty law exempts production agriculture and makes a third conviction for animal cruelty a felony. House Bill 524
makes a second conviction a felony and a first offense into a felony if the alleged offender has been convicted of causing bodily injury to another person within the previous 10 years.
The measure is awaiting a signature from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to become law.