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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