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Outrage from animal lovers as man tattoos his own pet DOG

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A North Carolina man has created huge controversy among animal lovers after tattooing Duchess - his own pet dog.

Ernesto Rodriguez, who is a tattoo artist and Army veteran, inked the 5-month-old purebred American Pit Bull on the underbelly at his basement parlor in Pinnacle, NC, on Wednesday.

When Rodriguez posted pictures of the emblem on Facebook he received fierce criticism from all over the U.S. But the man claims the tattoo can be used for identification and compares it to branding farm animals.

Controversy: This tattoo on a dog's belly has caused a storm between a North Carolina tattoo artist and animal lovers all over the U.S.

Controversy: This tattoo on a dog's belly has caused a storm between a North Carolina tattoo artist and animal lovers all over the U.S.

Duchess: Ernesto Rodriguez inked the 5-month-old purebred American Pit Bull at his basement parlor in North Carolina

Duchess: Ernesto Rodriguez inked the 5-month-old purebred American Pit Bull at his basement parlor in North Carolina

Rodriguez says that the design of the tattoo is related to Duchess's pedigree bloodline, according to WXII12. He claims that his pet was anesthetized and 'didn’t feel anything.'

'She got up and she’s been fine,' Rodriguez added.

But as soon as the tattoo artist put a photo of his pet's stomach on his Planet Ink Facebook page, it stimulated complaints and accusations of animal cruelty.

 

'This is so sad. There is not a dog in the world who deserves to go through this type of cruelty. I feel terrible for any dog in your care. I wish they would take them all away and find safe, loving homes for them,' said one animal lover. 

One Facebook user added: 'Please... do us all a favor... don't ever have children... I would hate to see what you would to your children if you ever got bored with them in the house.'

Another commenter posted: 'Receiving a tattoo requires consent. Your dog cannot consent. Please be respectful to those who cannot consent. Be respectful to your dog.'

Justification: Rodriguez said the tattoo can be used for identification and compares it to branding farm animals.

Justification: Rodriguez said the tattoo can be used for identification and compares it to branding farm animals.

An angrier person said: 'I hope that you rot in hell for the torture you made that dog endure.. you are a sick creature.. and a cruel human.. no better than someone who makes their dogs fight!!'

But Rodriguez told WXII12 that he didn't see a problem with his actions.

'What do they do when they brand animals and tattoo horses on their ear and brand their cow? You’re not abusing them. You’re just protecting them so they don’t get lost,' Rodriguez said.

'If you go on Google and type up dog tattoos, you'll get a thousand images of dogs tattooed. This has been going on for years,' the man added said.

On Facebook he responded with: 'Here is the final result for you haters out there... Animal control came looked at my beautiful dog and left.... wow... what a waste of tax payers money... so im still gonna tattoo my dogs when ever i feel like it... good try haters thanks for all the advertisement.'

No criminal charges have been filed in this case but investigations are continuing.

The local health department has since issued Rodriguez a cease and desist order. This requires that he stops tattooing until he receives proper zoning permits.

Tattoo
Tattoo

The tattoo artist (right) claims his dog didn't suffer during the process of getting the ink done (left). She 'didn’t feel anything,' Rodriguez said

Dr. Ken Wheeler, an investigator with the state veterinary medical board, explained to WXII12 that tattooing a pet is not illegal unless it can be construed as animal cruelty.

The definition of cruelty in this case takes in the dog feeling pain, or being hurt or maimed.  Rodriguez maintains that the dog was asleep the whole time.

His opponents are raising concerns about the legal use of anesthetics.

by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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wickedfiress
by Kellie on Mar. 31, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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How does he 'look gay' ?





Quoting Lindsey1126:

He should not be allowed to have pets and He looks gay..Poor dog!
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lga1965
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

 If people get a bunch of tattoos all over their bodies ( even though it is truly nuts) then why get upset about a small tattoo on a dog, for goodness sake? This is so ridiculous. Tattoos for all,right?....sarcasm.....

 ( As you can see, I think tattoos are a waste of money and they look garish and bizarre)

GOBryan
by Silver Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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I was just thinking of that same thing. Don't they pretty much tattoo the animals with an I.D.# after sterilation at the pound? I've had dogs with the same thing. 

I certainly don't see this as a horrible thing. Necessary? Maybe not but not horrible. Tattoos don't always hurt either. 

Quoting unspecified42:

My dog has a tattoo, too! Apparent the spay/neuter clinic does little tattoos on all of the animals they sterilize so that people know they are it they go to a shelter or whathaveyou.

I don't see how this is worse than cropping ears, docking tails, branding cattle, declawing cats, etc. I frankly don't care. My dogs skin allergies probably bother her more than that dogs tattoo.


inmybizz
by Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM

My dog has a tattoo on her underbelly.

unspecified42
by Bronze Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM
I'm having funny mental images of cattle ranchers with those little wands walking through a giant herd scanning all of the cows!! Lol


Quoting wickedfiress:

There is a difference between an identifying mark (brand) and a 'decorative' tattoo.



Though I think branding is cruel also. If you are that concerned about identifying your animals, they have microchips for that.

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lga1965
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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Quoting Lindsey1126:

He should not be allowed to have pets and He looks gay..Poor dog!

 He "looks gay".....?

And what the hell is it that makes you think he shouldn't have pets? Is there a big deal about poor little doggies.... but who cares if people cover their arms and backs and necks,etc, with a bunch of expensive PERMANENT tattoos?

Irrational. Really silly.

This could be a means of identification, particularly if the guy doesn't like the idea of a chip being inserted under his dog's skin.

vickiheitzler
by Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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He looks gay? Wow that was uncalled for.

Quoting Lindsey1126:

He should not be allowed to have pets and He looks gay..Poor dog!
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vickiheitzler
by Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM
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I don't think there is anything wrong with this. People need to get over it, if you think it is cruel then don't tattoo your dog.
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GeekMommi
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 9:28 AM

That comment took cojones! lol GJ  


Quoting Lindsey1126:

He should not be allowed to have pets and He looks gay..Poor dog!



GeekMommi
by on Mar. 31, 2013 at 9:30 AM
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I think its mean when people brand cows, cut dogs ears and tails.  So yeah I this is kinda mean too.

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