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.
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.
What do you think? Animal cruelty? Should it be illegal?
Should it be illegal while things like cropping ears and tails are still legal? Worse or better than those?