Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Not Disclosed 2 kittens stained with toxic Sharpie pens

Bradford, England

April 23, 2016  
Not Disclosed animal cruelty to a dog in the same home as the kittens

Bradford, England

April 23, 2016  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
animal cruelty drug-related offenses 2 4-week-old kittens Alleged  

Two 4-week-old kittens stained with Sharpie pens were rescued by volunteers from the Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Kittens (BCWRK).

Photo's courtesy of BCWRK

Nicknamed Shrek and Smurf, the felines were colored with green and blue permanent markers in what rescuers describe as "a horrendous act of cruelty."  They were discovered at a Bradford, U.K., address by a police officer who contacted BCWRK reporting a pair of blue kittens. Police were present at the address due to drug-related offenses and another animal cruelty issue involving a dog.

Katie Lloyd, 37, who has run BCWRK for 10 years, presumed the kittens were suffocated, but it wasn't until she arrived at the scene when she realized the cruelty that had taken place.

Lloyd described the scene, saying:
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 color a cat in?
Both Smurf and Shrek were meticulously colored in. Smurf had a tiny white tip on the tail and even that's been colored 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 are required to have continuous care including fluid injections, bottle feeding and regular washing. The kittens also need a trip to the vets to evaluate the long-term effects of the abuse.   But Lloyd says,“They’re not doing too badly considering.”
"Smurf had breathing difficulties at 3 a.m. today but seems to be okay now," she continued. "There’s no guarantee on their outcome but we will do our absolute best."

The kittens will be ready for adoption within 6 to 8 weeks. According to an update on the BCWRK website, the kitten’s mother could not be found on the property, and it is believed that children were not responsible for the animal abuse.

Update 4/26/16:

Photo courtesy of BCWRK

We have sought veterinary advice and I have just contacted the poisons unit to ascertain what would be safe to use on them to try to remove the ink.

Photo's courtesy of BCWRK

The kittens have had their 1st bath and some of the ink has come off however we are being extremely cautious around the face area as the ink does smell noxious... alikened to the smell of permanent marker.

The police have literally just called for an update on the kittens and to tell us their is no mummy cat in the property.  The police were present due to another animal welfare issue involving a dog and drug related offences.

We also believe that children were NOT responsible for this shocking act of cruelty.

Update 4/27/16:
Smurf and Shrek have had another bath and a bottle of kitten milk each and are now going to settle down for a little rest.  Whilst there is still a lot of ink on them BCWRK has been very lucky to liase with VPIS (veterinary poisons information service) who have offered much advice to safely and systematically remove the ink.

The little pair are doing really well.
We have been nursing these kittens for the last 36 hours and they are now much brighter... in personality.
The colour is fading and they are now taking their feeds well.


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