A kitten who was dyed purple and apparently used as a chew toy is recovering after being rescued by the Nine Lives Foundation. Smurf the kitten was in bad shape when he was transferred from the San Jose Animal Care and Control center in California to the Nine Lives shelter in Redwood City. On December 28, the Nine Lives Foundation introduced their Facebook followers to the tiny, injured newcomer. The agency wrote, “Safe at last…this poor 1.75 lb kitten we named SMURF was found dyed in purple ink with multiple bite wounds & deep lacerations – appears to have been used as a chew toy for a larger animal / dog.” A veterinarian with Nine Lives thinks that the kitten was covered in “undiluted” purple dye, which can be highly toxic.
The kitten, who is just seven weeks of age, had to be shaved and given wound care and antibiotics. His rescuers provided him with a warm heating pad so he could rest comfortably. A follow-up video posted on the Nine Lives Facebook page shows the little kitten looking alert and enjoying the company of other kittens.
“Today SMURF was playing with his 2 new friends, feeling so much better! Thank you to everyone who has called & visited ! This little guy will undergo surgery next week to repair the large wound on his right leg/ knee but all the other wounds are healing nicely!” Smurf now has a friend named Cherry and the two will be going into foster care together next week.