A Texas man came to a horrifying conclusion when he saw a tattoo on his shelter dog — but his act of solidarity was even more mortifying.
“Those of you who know [B]ear know that he has a tattoo given to him from some previous owners,” Chris Mendiola wrote in a social media post.
Mendiola, 27, adopted his dog, Bear, in 2010. The tattoo had always bothered him, so this year he decided to get the same tattoo in solidarity with his dog.
After getting the symbol inked on his right bicep, he shared it with his friends.
“It sickens me to know that people actually tattoo their pets. So tonight I got his tattoo,” Mendiola explained.
Soon, however, Mendiola learned the truth behind the image — it means his dog was neutered.
As people mock him for his decision to get the tattoo and ask if he was neutered, too, Mendiola stands behind his decision.
He even claims he knew what the tattoo meant.
“We talked to our vet about the tattoo. I knew what it meant,” he told Buzzfeed.
Shelter animals are tattooed after they are spayed or neutered to protect them from unnecessary operations in the future.