A Manhattan politician wants to ban owners from inking their pets after pictures of a tattooed Brooklyn pit bull sparked public outcry.
Animal advocate Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal is sponsoring legislation that would make it illegal for owners to permanently tattoo or pierce their animals.
"It seems crazy to us that it isn't already illegal," Rosenthal spokeswoman Lauren Schuster told Capital New York.
Brooklyn tattoo artist Alex Avgerakis, who goes by the pen name "Mistah Metro," posted pictures after he inked his pit-bull mix, Zion, while the pooch was knocked out for spleen surgery.
"One of the many reasons my dog is cooler than your[s]! She had her spleen removed today and the vet let me tattoo her while she was under," Avgerakis boasted of Zion.
Assemblywoman Rosenthal first introduced a version of the anti-tattooing and piercing bill in 2011, and again in 2013.