He Tattooed His Dog’s Belly — Is This Animal Cruelty?

Tattoos from being spayed or neutered are pretty common, but this guy decided to tattoo a much larger design on his puppy.

Rodriguez displays the tattoo on Duchess. By: WGHP Fox 8
Rodriguez displays the tattoo on Duchess.

Animals are usually tattooed when they are spayed or neutered to identify that they have been fixed by a veterinarian. It’s unusual for a dog to get a tattoo for any other purpose, but a North Carolina man has done just that.

Ernesto Rodriguez, a tattoo artist and parlor owner, tattooed 2 of his dogs. The puppies, described as American bully breeds, were tattooed after having an ear-cropping procedure at the vet’s office.

Rodriguez claimed that 1 of the dogs, Duchess, was still sleeping off the anesthesia and continued sleeping through the tattooing process and the ride home.

He told WGHP Fox 8 News that the purpose of the tattoos was just in case “anything happens to them.”

Animal advocate and North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare President Caleb Scott is suspicious of Rodriguez’s story because animals are not usually allowed to go home from a veterinary procedure until they awake.

No charges have been filed in the case.

Source: WGHP Fox 8

Kristine Lacoste

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Kristine Lacoste, editor in chief of Petful, is an author, poet and pet lover from Louisiana. She is the author of an award-nominated book, One Unforgettable Journey, and was host of a weekly pet news segment on the National K-9 Academy Radio Show. She was the New Orleans coordinator for Dogs on Deployment, a nonprofit that helps military members and their pets, for 3 years. She is also employed as chief operating officer for a large mental health practice in Louisiana. Kristine has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Business Administration degree.

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