Two adorable kittens coloured in with Sharpie
pens have been rescued by kind-hearted volunteers. The terrified four-week old males, called
Shrek and Smurf, were daubed with green and blue permanent markers in what animal centre
volunteers have branded ‘a horrendous act of cruelty’.
They were found at a Bradford address by a police officer who contacted Bradford Cat
Watch Rescue Kittens reporting a pair of blue kittens. Care co-ordinator of Bradford Cat Watch Rescue
Kittens, Katie Lloyd, assumed they were asphyxiated and packed an emergency kit containing a life-saving
nebuliser. But it was only when she arrived at the scene
she realised what had happened. Katie, 37, said: ‘I think it’s awful. We’ve
dealt with some horrendous cruelty over the years but this is barbaric. ‘It’s not paint or spray, we reckon it’s been
done with Sharpie pens. ‘Why would you sit and colour a cat in? Both
Smurf and Shrek were meticulously coloured in. Smurf had a tiny white tip on the tail
and even that’s been coloured in with blue.’ ‘I’ve even got it on my skin and having a
real job getting it off – I’m turning into a smurf myself’
Smurf and Shrek have needed round-the-clock care including fluid injections, bottle feeding
and regular washing and now face a trip to the vets to assess the long-term effects of
the abuse. Katie, who has run the rescue centre for ten
years, explained that they were in reasonable health despite the trauma they’d been through.
She said: ‘They’re not doing too badly considering. ‘Smurf had breathing difficulties at 3am today
but seems to be ok now. There’s no guarantee on their outcome but we will do our absolute
best.’ Katie is hopeful that the pair will be fit
for rehoming in 6-8 weeks.