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Tattooed dog generates controversy

Posted on Monday, 1 April, 2013 | Comment icon 33 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A man is under investigation by officials after he tattooed his dog and publicized it on the Internet.

Images of the tattoo, which Ernesto Rodriguez claims is a symbol representing the dog's blood type, gained the attention of not just curious internet users but of local law enforcement officials as well when he posted them up on social media sites.

"What do they do when they brand animals and tattoo horses on their ear and brand their cow? Youíre not abusing them. Youíre just protecting them so they donít get lost," said Rodriguez. "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."

While a cease and desist order has been filed, technically the tattoo is not illegal unless animal cruelty is involved. In this case the dog had been sedated during the procedure and was apparently unharmed by the incident.

"Stokes County officials are investigating after a man tattooed his dog and generated some controversy by publicizing it on social media."

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Comment icon #24 Posted by RavenEyes19 on 2 April, 2013, 9:46
He said he did it while the dog was on anesthesia in this vid http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/01/man-tattoos-dogs-ernesto-rodriguez_n_2992969.html I just see it as unnecessary and it's pretty lame to make up some bull**** story and say this was done so that the dog would be identified. Obviously, he just wanted to treat his pet like an accessory. He even said he was bored when he did it. If he wanted the dog to have identification, he could've gotten it a tag or microchip that contains his information like any other normal person. I don't even see how the tattoo could be used for identif... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Mikami on 2 April, 2013, 15:23
hmmmm aren't there actual killers and criminals to be caught out there? this man wrote on his dog, big whoop.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Odds on 2 April, 2013, 23:21
hmmmm aren't there actual killers and criminals to be caught out there? this man wrote on his dog, big whoop. With that sentiment, how about i tattoo what i want on you without your free will. Perhaps then you'll think a little smarter, and maybe even develope a sense of empathy.
Comment icon #27 Posted by AliveInDeath7 on 3 April, 2013, 2:21
With that sentiment, how about i tattoo what i want on you without your free will. Perhaps then you'll think a little smarter, and maybe even develope a sense of empathy. You couldn't, because then you'd be sued. Unfortunately, animals don't have a say.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Odds on 3 April, 2013, 9:02
You couldn't, because then you'd be sued. Unfortunately, animals don't have a say. Lol They wouldn't much, they can take my debt if they'd like. But you're right, that's the problem, they don't have a say. Because he is a self proclaimed 'artist' he thinks he can put his 'art' on his dogs. And even claims he will do it to any new ones he gets. Absolute scum.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Queen in the North on 3 April, 2013, 9:44
What's with cattle or horses and sheep being branded or ear tagged? Is that much different? They are branded/tagged for a legitimate reason though, not because the farmer felt like it. I imagine that it hurts them too, especially when they manage to rip them out and their ear in two. So I don't see why this guy should be allowed to inflict pain on his dog for no good reason at all.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Freshness on 9 April, 2013, 11:05
This is no big deal, I have Tattoos of Six Pack Abs, Large Muscles on my Arms, Hair on my Chest, Bullet Holes on my Legs and Back and a rather large Penis running down the inner side of my right leg. LOL!!!
Comment icon #31 Posted by Xzenox on 10 April, 2013, 5:13
We castrate and nuder are dogs don't we? Whats the different between giving our little beastly friends a tattoo or two? We use them for racing, train them or punish them with shock collars whats the big deal? Do unto others as you would want done to yourself same applies to animals in my book. Obviously this guy loves tattoos and wanted his little beastly friend to have one as well to show off in-front of the other dogs and dog enthusiasts. Thats all tattoos are, body modifications to represent a point or to stand out from the rest. No different than tagging your dog or implanting a tracking d... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by wolfknight on 10 April, 2013, 13:59
My dog a tattoo where they chipped him at the pound.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 11 April, 2013, 17:27
The photo of the tattoo shows it to be considerable in size. As a sphynx owner ,I have fought this fight before . A dogs under belly is VERY SENSITIVE . Also,no one gets pleasure from a tattoo that isn't even seen,and the dog certainly doesn't give a crap if they have a cool tat. Ergo ,such a tattoo,in such a place ,is completely unnecessary . When animals are tattooed at the Humane society ,they are usually also being altered ,so they can be adopted out . Which means they are under anesthesia . The tats ID them as neutered and having a record at a humane society within the USA . It has a FUNC... [More]


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