This act has been considered “a horrendous act of cruelty”.
“I think it’s awful. We’ve dealt with some horrendous cruelty over the years but this is barbaric.” says the care co-ordinator of BCWRK, Katie Lloyd.
“It’s not paint or spray, we reckon it’s been done with Sharpie pens,’ she added. ‘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!” she added.
Despite the trauma, both kittens are both reasonably healthy. They’ve been given fluid injections, have been bottle fed, and have been through several washings. A local vet will also assess them to see what the long-term effects of the abuse will be.
“They’re not doing too badly considering,’ Katie said. ‘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.”
The adorable pair should be ready for rehoming in 6 to 8 weeks.