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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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Carpy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM
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Damn and I am getting a new one Tuesday.

Quoting lga1965:

 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)

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Lordgodempress
by Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM
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well I have a dog with a tattoo, its a identification thing, ( she came that way we didnt' do it)..  I am less worried about him tattooing his dog then not being a vet and putting his dog under anestesia.  Thats not legal is it?

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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Eh....animals have tattoos all the time for identification purposes. I don't think its cruel. I even had a registered pure bred rabbit with its ear tattooed with the breeding marking.

It is a lot more humane than branding.

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Lol. I call bad tattoos "prison issue tats"

Quoting KelliansMom:

My pup has a, what I like to call prison tatt, we got him at a shelter in OKC and they do this to all the dogs. Its so if he gets lost there they shelter had our info tied to the number. This how ever is just cruel and dumb poor pup :( 

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Carpy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM
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Show rabbits are always tattoo'ed. I used to watch my dad do it when I was a kid.

Quoting NWP:

Eh....animals have tattoos all the time for identification purposes. I don't think its cruel. I even had a registered pure bred rabbit with its ear tattooed with the breeding marking.

It is a lot more humane than branding.

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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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I have four and I love them all. They're, for the most part, not even visible. Whatcha gettin?

Quoting Carpy:

Damn and I am getting a new one Tuesday.

Quoting lga1965:

 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)



NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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I don't have a problem with the tattoo...but the anesthesia part is a bit over the top. I don't like to put my animals under anesthesia unless absolutely necessary because of the risk involved. I feel the same way about my people.

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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I am getting a wolf head in front of an eagle with mountain scene on my right upper arm. I want to cover some bad burn scars. The mountains will blend over the scars. All my tats are photos of my dogs and wolves. My friend drew this one out from a collector plate I have, but we are using one of my wolves for the wolf.

Quoting lizzielouaf:

I have four and I love them all. They're, for the most part, not even visible. Whatcha gettin?


Quoting Carpy:

Damn and I am getting a new one Tuesday.



Quoting lga1965:

 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)




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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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Oh! I'd love to get one on my upper arm. I got a lotus bloom several years ago and I wanted it on my upper arm but it was too big (made it too difficult to cover). Once I retire or no longer work for a large firm I want to finally get one on my upper arm. 

Yours sounds really cool and meaningful to you. 


Quoting Carpy:

I am getting a wolf head in front of an eagle with mountain scene on my right upper arm. I want to cover some bad burn scars. The mountains will blend over the scars. All my tats are photos of my dogs and wolves. My friend drew this one out from a collector plate I have, but we are using one of my wolves for the wolf.

Quoting lizzielouaf:

I have four and I love them all. They're, for the most part, not even visible. Whatcha gettin?


Quoting Carpy:

Damn and I am getting a new one Tuesday.



Quoting lga1965:

 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)






Carpy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 31, 2013 at 11:08 AM
I don't have any that can't be covered. This one will still be coverable but I don't need to concern myself so much with it now.

Quoting lizzielouaf:

Oh! I'd love to get one on my upper arm. I got a lotus bloom several years ago and I wanted it on my upper arm but it was too big (made it too difficult to cover). Once I retire or no longer work for a large firm I want to finally get one on my upper arm. 

Yours sounds really cool and meaningful to you. 



Quoting Carpy:

I am getting a wolf head in front of an eagle with mountain scene on my right upper arm. I want to cover some bad burn scars. The mountains will blend over the scars. All my tats are photos of my dogs and wolves. My friend drew this one out from a collector plate I have, but we are using one of my wolves for the wolf.



Quoting lizzielouaf:

I have four and I love them all. They're, for the most part, not even visible. Whatcha gettin?



Quoting Carpy:

Damn and I am getting a new one Tuesday.





Quoting lga1965:

 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)








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