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A US tattoo artist has come under fire for inking his dog while it was under anaesthetic.

After having his dog's spleen removed, the artist, “Mistah Metro”, decided to take advantage of his pooch's sedated state and give him a tattoo.

His brown-and-white dog, Zion, received a heart-shaped tatt with an arrow through it, a ribbon around it and the words “Alex” and “Mel”.

It is believed the artist's first name is Alex and his wife's name is Mel.

Posted on Instagram, the caption read, “One of the many reasons my dog is cooler than yours! She had her spleen removed yesterday and the vet let me tattoo her while she was under,” reported website Gothamist.

After copping criticism, it appeared Mistah Metro took the picture down.

But two hours later a “Mistahmetro7” reposted the image on Instagram saying, “Had to delete my account and make another, some people don't appreciate anything! It's an animal with a tattoo.”

The photo was taken down again and has not reappeared.

Mistah Metro works at Brooklyn's Red Legged Devils tattoo shop, which featured on the television show NY Ink.

Chris Torres, the shop's owner, made it clear the shop had nothing to do with the dog's tattoo.

But Torres later took to Twitter in Mistah Metro's defence.

He tweeted, “You guys are aware that the ASPCA tattoos dogs & cats once they've spayed or neutered them, right?”

Reactions have been widely negative, with one commenter saying the dog didn't ask for his tattoo and another describing the ink as “horrid”.

While tattooing one's pet is not illegal in Australia, the RSPCA's policy guidelines state that, “RSPCA Australia is opposed to the surgical modification of animals for cosmetic or non-therapeutic purposes.”

But inking a canine is not the only form of pet beautification going on.

Beauty blogger "Kara" has blogged about giving her roommate's cat fake nails – also known as Kitty Caps. Cute as they look, they serve a purpose by covering a cat's claws to prevent scratching and damage to furniture.

In 2011, a woman was found guilty of animal cruelty when she tried to sell three "gothic" kittens on eBay after piercing their ears and necks and removing their tails.

Holly Crawford, of Pennsylvania, was sentenced to six months of home detention and electronic monitoring.