State Assembly bill would ban pet tattoos and piercings as animal abuse

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Ernesto Rodriguez, a tattoo artist, said he put the intricate tattoos on the bellies of his two dogs so they could be easily identified if they were lost.

Ernesto Rodriguez, a tattoo artist, said he put the intricate tattoos on the bellies of his two dogs so they could be easily identified if they were lost.

ALBANY – A Manhattan pol is trying to stop tattooing and body piercing from going to the dogs.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat, has introduced legislation to ban the piercing or permanent tattooing of companion animals.

“These are living beings and they should not be subject to human whims and fashion choices,” Rosenthal told the Daily News Thursday.

Rosenthal said subjecting pets to body piercing or tattooing is cruel and “just like any other abuse.”The bill has the support of the Humane Society of New York.

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