Army Vet Who Tattooed 4-Month-Old Puppy Stirs Outrage but Still Gets to Keep His Dog (PHOTO)

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TattooingWell, this is just gross. A man in North Carolina has apparently taken it upon himself to tattoo his tiny, innocent puppy's belly ... and then of course post a photo of it on Facebook. Ernesto Rodriguez is a disabled army veteran and father of three, and he says his 4-month-old puppy, Duchess, has the intricate tattoo to help ID her. His other dog, Duke, is sporting the same one.

"They both have it. They both have their tattoos on them just in case anything happens to them," Rodriguez said.

But he's got animal lovers all up in arms, many of whom are calling what he has done animal cruelty and demanding that the dogs be taken away or that he should be banned from buying any more pets. Still, it seems that Rodriguez has no regrets. But you gotta ask, hasn't this guy ever heard of microchipping?

Apparently not. "I took her to the shop, tattooed her, and she slept the rest of the day," Rodriguez explained. But other folks are arguing that he posted the puppy pic on the Planet Ink Tattoo page for publicity for the tattoo parlor he ran in his basement, and an animal advocate, Caleb Scott, agreed that the whole thing sounds extremely weird.

"Really that's kind of suspicious in my mind," Scott said. "Usually, when you pick up a dog or cats they're already awake after the procedure. They don't usually hand you over a dog that is asleep ... On his first Facebook post he said he was bored and tattooing. I think now he's backpedaling, saying he's identifying it."

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But Rodriguez still maintains that the puppy was asleep after the procedure. He went on to say, "It's just like judging someone for wearing a tattoo. You judge and you think that they're bad people. It's not. It's just art. I'm an artist, I want to put art on my dogs. She was already asleep, so I took advantage of that."

Here's the photo he posted to Facebook:

puppy tattooed

And, no, dude, it's not like judging someone for having a tattoo at all -- because that individual is the one who made the decision to seek out a tattoo, pay for it, then have a needle buried deep into their skin to have an image marked on their bodies forever. A small, 4-month-old puppy isn't capable of making that kind of decision. And on its belly! That shit probably hurt! Even if they weren't awake during it, it still probably doesn't feel so pleasant when they woke up.

After all the complaints, Rodriguez was paid a visit by the Stokes County Health Department, which shut down Planet Ink Tattoo because it violated local zoning laws. Animal control officers also stopped by but didn’t charge him with animal cruelty.

Kind of sucks, as it gives the message that it's okay to tattoo large images like this one on your pets. Newsflash: It isn't! There are so many other ways to ID one's dog -- needling a very elaborate design into their stomachs shouldn't be one of them.

Do you think Rodriguez should have been charged with animal cruelty?

 

Images via Daniel Flower/Flickr & Facebook

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CLM3345 CLM3345

No way! I try to clip my furry one nails when shes in deep sleep and she wakes immediately up. There is no way a pup slept through a tattoo. I don't know about him being charged, it's weird and I wouldn't do it. Man, they even prefer to microchip when they animal has been put asleep, usually to get fixed. 

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

This is actually a somewhat common way to I'd dogs. Some vets will tattoo and some vets will allow tattooing in the office before or after spay surgery. This case sounds fishy, I don't doubt the id reasoning, but I wonder if the dog was sedated enough being away from the vets. Tattoos as an Id are preferred by some over a microchip because you don't need a reader and you can see it outright. Much faster positive Id than a chip. Kennels don't always even check for a chip

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

This is actually a somewhat common way to I'd dogs. Some vets will tattoo and some vets will allow tattooing in the office before or after spay surgery. This case sounds fishy, I don't doubt the id reasoning, but I wonder if the dog was sedated enough being away from the vets. Tattoos as an Id are preferred by some over a microchip because you don't need a reader and you can see it outright. Much faster positive Id than a chip. Kennels don't always even check for a chip

nonmember avatar Nicole

I don't see the problem at all, if the dog was asleep. It's not like the dog is going to care if it has a tattoo or not. People clip dogs tails and ears and get them fixed without their consent , which is way more invasive, I think it's ridiculous to say that he should have his dogs taken away, as long as they weren't tortured in the process. Dogs are not children, he's not going to grow up and regret having a tattoo , seriously? As long as the dogs weren't harmed I don't see the difference it makes

Foley... Foleygirl24

My vet tatooed  my dog, granted it wasnt an elaborate one like that, it was just serial number used to ID her should she ever get lost. This is a very common way to ID a dog... but that one seems like a bit much.

Felly... FellyScarlett

Honestly, I can understand. One of my dogs got stolen right out of my back yard. She was chipped and had tags. Maybe if she had a tattoo a vet would have spotted it and I'd have my dog back.

nonmember avatar Lilac

This may not be common in dogs but all race horses have a tattoo under there upper lip identifying them. As do many expensive/ money making animals.

Heather Lea Watts

Microchip ping does not work. Plus it's not like he is making these dogs into fighters. Good job dude!

Amber Richardson

Do you realise how dangerous microchiping an animal is? vs the affects of a tattoo? plus microchip can get messed up, or what if they short out while in your pet? I dont agree with tattooing a pet, but you have no right to be judging other people. Im pretty sure your not perfect

nonmember avatar k

When my dog was spayed they tattooed a half inch blue line down her stomach to show she was spayed, but I don't get why he had to do such an intricate tattoo? There's no reason. It's animal cruelty. If he wanted an ID tattoo he could've gone to a vet. There's no way a puppy could have slept through that and there's no way it couldn't have hurt. What a jerk. Dogs do not need freaking tattoos.

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