Punish Man Who Allegedly Zip-Tied Dog’s Mouth Shut

Target: Animal Control Division, Linn County Sheriff’s Office

Goal: Charge man who reportedly bragged about zip-tying his dog’s mouth shut on social media.

An online post featuring a man bragging about zip-tying his dog’s muzzle shut has sparked a social media firestorm. A photo of a dog, with its mouth tightly held closed by a plastic fastener and a man’s hand holding it up from the scruff of its neck, featured the caption “when you’re tired of the barking.” The photo, originally posted on the photo-sharing app Snapchat, features a dachshund named Hank. The photo quickly ended up on an animal welfare group’s Facebook page where it was shared thousands of times.

After receiving over 50 calls about the post, police in Eugene, Oregon attempted to question Matt McMichael, Hank’s owner and alleged abuser. Though McMicheal was no longer living in the area, the case was passed on to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) where officers were able to find and interrogate him. After the questioning, McMicheal returned to social media to apparently post comments downplaying the situation and laughing about it, showing no remorse for his actions before finally closing his account due to backlash.

Instead of giving his dog proper training, the man reportedly chose to use cruel and ineffective methods to stop its barking. So far, the LCSO has failed to charge the suspect. The case will be passed down to Linn County Animal Control for further investigation, where officers may opt to press charges. Sign the petition below to demand that this pet owner is punished for his apparent abusive behavior.


Dear LCSO Animal Control Division,

A post that recently went viral on Facebook showed an Oregon man laughing and bragging about forcing his dog’s mouth shut with a zip tie. A photo of a dachshund, named Hank, with plastic around its muzzle was accompanied by a caption implying that the dog was being punished for barking. Investigators at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office refuse to press charges because they say that the dog was not injured, though the photo clearly shows the dog in pain.

Instead of getting frustrated with the dog, the owner should have took the time to properly train it. It is important that this callous and irresponsible pet owner is punished for his alleged cruelty. We, the undersigned, ask you to press charges against the person responsible for this shocking post.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Raven Underwood

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  1. Wendy Morrison says:

    Zip tie this stupid idiot’s mouth & then throw his but in prison for the rest of his life!

  2. Heather Brophy says:


  3. The Bastard needs to go to jail. Then zip tie his mouth shut for about a week.

  4. “The only difference between a dog, cat, horse and dolphin and a cow, chicken, pig and turkey is perception. One is no more valuable than another. And yet in this culture, we hold the former animals in high esteem and the latter we brutalize for food. All animals are deserving of respect and freedom from violence. The way to respect others is veganism.”


  5. Alice Knight says:

    When a dog barks he has a lot to say. I don’t understand what processes people to tape or place a rubber band and now a zip tie around the muzzle of our canine companions.
    If you or your neighbours have a dispute regarding the constant barking, perhaps going to dog behavior classes may be a start. I cannot understand why this person’s dog was not taken away from him. What about the “act of doing” something cruel? Perhaps strengthening animal cruelty laws would be a progressive beginning. This individual should be charged.

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