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Dog ink: Are tattoos animal cruelty?

This is a photo reportedly posted to instagram by tattoo artist Mistah Metro, aka Orangatan Joe, showing the tattoo he gave his dog. Mistah Metro, who works at the Brooklyn parlor called Red Legged Devil, featured on the TLC show NY Ink, allegedly tattooed his dog while it was under anesthia for a medical procedure.

A New York tattoo artist known as Mistah Metro posted a photo of his dog’s new tattoo on his Instagram page, and bragged that having the decoration makes his dog “cooler than yours.”

Mistah Metro wrote in the post that his veterinarian allowed him to administer the tattoo — a heart with an arrow through and the names Alex and Mel — while the dog was under anesthesia to have her spleen removed.

We don’t think that makes his dog cool. We think it makes his dog a victim of animal abuse, his veterinarian an accomplice, and Mistah Metro — if he wasn’t one already — a moron.

mistahmetroMistah Metro, shown at left in a reflective moment, works at Red Legged Devil in Prospect Heights, but the owner of the tattoo shop, Chris Torres, wrote in an online post that neither he nor his shop had anything to do with the canine inking, and that it was not done on the premises, according to Gothamist.

Critics have blasted the inking online, while others have come to the tattoo artist’s defense.

The ASPCA is against tattooing dogs, even though it puts small tattoos on dogs it has spayed or neutered, under the thinking that it can prevent unnecessary surgeries for altered dogs.

In a statement, the ASPCA said, “Tattooing an animal for the vain sake of joy and entertainment of the owner — without any regard for the well-being of the animal — is not at all comparable to the incident in question and is not something the ASPCA supports.”

 (Photos: Mistah Metro’s tattooed dog / Instagram; Mistah Metro / Afropunk.com)


Comment from Smoketoomuch
Time March 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm

“To each his own” as they say, but I gotta tell ya that I personally find the tattoo craze of today stupid and unattractive (at best) and destructive of the aesthetic of the human body and down right ugly , even repulsive (at worst).
This from a guy who spent 4 years in the U.S.Navy! To my eye, Tattoos are especially unappealing on women. Hey girls, you ain’t gonna be 25 forever (trust me), and that faded ink is gonna look pretty bad when you’re older and (hopefully) more mature. Of course, it IS your body, so go right ahead and permanently disfigure yourself if you want to, but to do this to a dog, who by definition cannot give his or her consent, and probably wouldn’t if they could (they are smarter than us in so many ways), is nothing less than Stupid and just plain cruel.
This guy should not be allowed to have a dog!
And anybody who throws up not one but two middle fingers when someone points a camera in their direction is removing all doubt in the beholder about his intelligence, and social graces. Get a clue dude, you’re going nowhere in this world.

Comment from Sam
Time March 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm

It’s abuse – plain and simple.

Comment from Anonymous
Time March 6, 2014 at 1:59 pm


Comment from vida
Time March 8, 2014 at 8:30 am

Dogs are perfect as is. They don’t need or as far as I can tell, desire embellishment. Save the tats for the people.

Comment from Beef
Time March 8, 2014 at 11:00 am

Dogs are perfect as they are as long as humans have the right to control their reproductive abilities. No tattoos but we can give them life altering surgery to make our lives con…this is my man, he loves that dog and has been taking great care of her for at least ten years.

Comment from Sue
Time March 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Right about now I’m having a “reflective moment” directed at Mistah Metro…

Comment from Micky
Time March 29, 2014 at 1:25 am

I don’t have the tiniest doubt that dog-ink tattoos on any part of the animal boils down to animal cruelty.