The dog’s owner is defending tattooing his puppy, saying it was done humanely and with a purpose.
Ernesto Rodriguez says he took the American bull terrier puppy to the vet to have her ears clipped.
And while the pup was sleeping off the anesthesia, he tattooed an intricate design on her belly as identification.
But animal activists say his story doesn’t add up.
County officials have slapped a cease and desist order on Rodriguez’ tattoo shop, saying the property isn’t zoned for that type of business.
But no charges have been filed.