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Shocking: Man zaps his kids with dog collars

An Oregon man was arrested Tuesday on charges of putting an electric dog collar on each of his four children and shocking them — “because he thought it was funny,” police in Salem said.

Police said the father, Todd Marcum, 41, of Salem, gave a statement admitting he had shocked all four of his children — 3,6,8 and 9 — with the collar at least once.

Marcum told police that he would chase the 3-year-old boy around with the collar, making him cry at the thought of being shocked. Police said that because of the boy’s behavior, it is likely that the children were shocked more than once.

Oregon Department of Human Services workers summoned police to Marcum’s home, where he was taken into custody on four charges of first-degree criminal mistreatment, according to the Statesman-Journal. The four children were left in the custody of their mother.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time May 7, 2009 at 10:28 am



And why is it legal to use on dogs?

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time May 7, 2009 at 12:43 pm

That’s just so stunningly cruel, and he’s undoubtedly left his children marked for life. Hopefully they’ll be given the opportunity to recover. I’m betting if you delved into this sick life a bit, you’d find he had tortured small animals previously. That’s how these depraved people often begin their careers. It’s good they caught him before it escalated.

Comment from jbsibley
Time May 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm

So in the eyes of the law, shock collar on your dog = OK, shock collar on your kids = not OK. Something is wrong here.