Shocking pictures of a dog with five tattoos on different parts of its body have caused an online protest with netizens accusing the tattoo artist owner of animal cruelty.
But when the alleged owner of the dog realised he had started up a massive online row, he deleted the images, and claimed they had only been put there for the dog's health.
Brazilian lawyer Fernanda Soares was the one who drew attention to the scandalous photographs, which were apparently placed on the dog owned by tattoo artist Emerson Damasceno, who later changed his name to Emerson Candido after the row erupted over the pictures.
Tattoo Artist Accused Of Animal Abuse Over Pooch Tattoos. PHOTO: CEN
The images show the dog with tattoos on its mouth, ears and next to its eyes. But he said that he had done it because he believed that the tattoos would protect the dog from cancer.
The owner’s girlfriend also defended him with postings on their social network accounts, saying that the dog was tattooed after being seen by vets of the veterinary school of the city of Posos de Caldas, in the south-eastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
However this was rejected by the veterinary school, saying that they had never done anything similar on a dog and did not condone what had happened.
In addition several prominent veterinary experts were quoted as saying that what had been done to the dog had no obvious benefits, and indeed it even might cause problems.
The man later deleted his profile from Facebook and other social network accounts. It is unclear if police are investigating.
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