A pet owner could face criminal charges after she tattooed her cat to make it more “glamorous”.
Fitness model Elena Ivanickaya, from Chernihiv in Ukraine, decided to have an image of Winged Anubis, an Egyptian god, tattooed on her pet sphinx’s chest.
While Ivanickaya maintains the cat was anaesthetised during the inking and “did not feel any pain”, animal right’s activists and concerned animal lovers alike are claiming it’s a case of animal cruelty.
Certainly, the photos posted to the model’s Instagram page are difficult to look at. One shows the cat being pinned down, with a person’s hand around its neck and a needle in its arm as the tattoo artist completes the image.
One concerned follower expressed a common sentiment, writing: “You just can’t torture those who are weaker than you. It is not a toy, it is a living being.”
Meanwhile, police spokesperson Natalia Chovpylo told The Sun that Ivanickaya could be charged, suggesting an investigation may soon be underway.
“If we establish that the animal was tortured, we will open a criminal case,” Chovpylo said.