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Tattoo artist Emerson Damasceno of Poços de Caldas in southeast Brazil is facing serious backlash on social media and within the veterinary community in Brazil after tattooing his dog’s face to ‘prevent it from getting cancer.’
Shortly after Damasceno posted the photos of his dog, his once furry white face and pink ears permanently inked with an anchor, brass knuckles, diamonds and stars to social media, Lawyer Fernanda Soares, disgusted by what she saw, shared them. The photos quickly went viral, horrifying animal lovers around the world.
As a result of the backlash and outrage spreading online, Damasceno deleted the photographs and took down his social media accounts, but not before explaining that he tattooed his dog to prevent him from getting cancer, that the ink would provide protection in vulnerable areas to the sun’s harmful rays. Veterinarians have debunked the theory.
Damasceno’s girlfriend defended the tattooer’s actions, claiming that vets in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais had sanctioned the body art. The clinic in question denied any involvement and condemned the pair’s actions.
It is unclear whether Brazilian authorities are pursuing abuse charges against the tattoo artist.
Surprise, surprise. Trash country equals trash people doing inhumane, cruel and trashy things to innocent beings. #Brazil=garbage
Just when you think you’ve seen it all. This is a new whole kind of stupid. He should be charged with animal cruelty! This poor dog. What a jerk!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You sicko ink yourself has much has you want. Leave the animals alone. You should be jailed for the abuse