New York Bans Piercing and Tattooing Dogs

Photo credit: Lars Plougmann

Apparently, some New Yorkers think it is “cool” to pierce their dogs (and other pets) or tattoo them. Well, soon this will be a crime.

On Monday, legislation was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and goes into effect in 120 days. If caught, violators face up to 15 days in jail and up to $250 in fines. There are some exceptions to the rule, including specific medical or identification reasons. For instance, a cat may receive a green mark if spayed. In these instances, a vet must supervise the procedure. Also, ear tagging for rabbits and guinea pigs was not included in the law.

A huge push for passing this law came after a Brooklyn tattoo artist posted a picture of his dog with a tattoo.

“This is animal abuse, pure and simple,” Cuomo said.

H/T to New York Post

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