Ernesto Rodriguez has chosen an unusual way to show affection for his pitbull, Duchess.
The disabled Iraq war veteran posted a photo to Facebook this week of a tattoo on the canine's belly. It is a crest meant to signify its bloodline and it has drawn the ire of many animal lovers around the country.
"I love my dogs," Rodriguez told WXII12-TV in Winston-Salem, explaining that Duchess was asleep and sedated when inked.
"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."
Having been made aware of the incident, the Stokes County Health Department and Animal Control department visited the owner and did not file any charges.
"What a waste of tax payers money," Rodriguez wrote on Facebook in response to that visit. "So I'm still gonna tattoo my dogs whenever I del like it… good try, haters, thanks for all the advertisement."
And it could be worse, really. Rodriguez could have gotten himself a face tattoo after just one date.
What do you think? Is it wrong to tattoo one's pet?