A North Carolina man who tattooed his dog's stomach and posted a photo of it on Facebook is being accused of animal cruelty. Despite the outcry, Ernesto Rodriguez insists Duchess, his pit bull, was sedated and felt no pain.
"She did not feel anything. She got up and she's fine," Rodriguez, owner of two pit bulls, told station WXII 12 in Winston-Salem in N.C.. "I love my dogs. There's people out there saying that I'm cruel, that I hurt my dogs, that I don't love my dogs, that I should be in jail. I paid a lot of money for my dogs and I take care of them."
Tattoo artist or cruel dog owner?
The army veteran owns 'Planet Ink Tattoo' and did the work himself. He is being investigated by the local health department and animal control but while no charges have been filed, he has been ordered to cease and desist doing human tattoos out of his basement.
His purported love for his dogs doesn't ring true for all: “You are an absolutely disgusting human being for claiming that you ‘love’ your dog and think that it’s ok to tattoo him," Stephanie Bay wrote on his Facebook page. "Did he give you informed consent? No. He’s a dog. You have no empathy for animals and should not be allowed to care for any and you should not be allowed to be a tattoo artist because you have poor ethics."
The tattoo he put on Duchess? An emblem representing her blood line