A New York City tattoo artist has sparked an outcry among animal lovers after he posted a photo on Instagram showing his just-tattooed dog.

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The Brooklyn tattoo artist "Mistah Metro" posted the picture Wednesday, writing “My dog is cooler than yours!”

He said that his dog, a pitbull mix, had surgery to remove her spleen and "the vet let me tattoo her while she was under." The tattoo bears the name of the artist, Alex, and his wife.

The tattoo artist reportedly shut down his social media accounts after the picture generated a fierce backlash and started to go viral.

Read more on this story from the New York Post.

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