A 41-year-old man in Salem, Ore., faces four counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment after police said he put an electric dog collar on his four children and shocked them.
Police said Todd Marcum told them he did it "because he thought is was funny," the Statesman Journal reported.
But experts said the collars, used for dog training and to control barking, are not intended for use on humans.
"Regardless of what your kids are like, it's sure not going to cure any behavioral problems," said John Seroczynski, the national sales manager for D.T. Systems, which makes such collars. "Bottom line is, what he did was dead wrong."
-- Lance Murray