Spray painted kitten gets help


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By Karen Harrison Binette


A 3 to 5-month old white kitten who was spray painted red is being cared for by a local animal organization and has community support.

The kitten has been named Murphy

Murphy was found spray painted and with a broken tail in Charlevoix County, Michigan on Monday, October 12. He was given into the care of Charlevoix County Animal Control and was taken to the vet. Dr. Kurt Erxleben at Lake Street Veterinary Clinic examined Murphy and found that in addition to his being spray painted  his tail was broken in several places. Murphy’s tail was partially amputated and the paint was removed from his face, body and limbs.

Charlevoix Area Humane Society shared a photo of kitty to Facebook on October 14, writing: This poor cat was abused and spray painted with florescent paint.
We are asking that anyone with information about this kitten found on Jefferson St. near North St. in Boyne City to contact animal control ASAP at (231) 582-6667 or dial 911.

Charlevoix Area Humane Society will handle Murphy’s adoption when he is ready, and the organization has already received several inquiries about adopting him.

The shocking story was covered in the news, and MLive posted an update with more details on the story on October 17.

In the story update, MLive reported that Lindsie Stackus from Lake Street Veterinary Clinic said Murphy had been heavily caked with paint when brought in, but the people who found him and called police had cut some of the paint from his fur to help him move. She said the paint was so thick he couldn’t lay down.

Stackus says Murphy has been treated for injuries, fleas and neglect and is making a good recovery.

“This little guy stole all of the hearts at the clinic and we could not be happier with the recovery he is making,” she said.

Charlevoix Area Humane Society executive director Scott MacKenzie noted that in their show of support for Murphy members of the public have donated to the Humane Society’s Angel Fund, which helps to provide emergency care for animals.

“So, this cat, as a result of his suffering, is helping a lot of animals,” MacKenzie said.

“And, he has a happy ending.”

The Humane Society posted an update to Facebook on October 16, writing: We have quite a few people that have filled out an application to foster and or adopt “Murphy” The Kitten that has been in the news that last few days. We are required by our charter to follow policy and procedure, if anyone is interested in fostering or adopting “Murphy” then they also must fill out an application. If anyone is interested in helping out financially, there is a fund set up at the Charlevoix Area Humane Society called “The Angel Fund” Checks can be made to the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. The Angle Fund helps any and all animals at the Shelter with emergency and or life threatening medical care. Out address is 614 Beardsley St. Boyne City MI 49712.

Many members of the community are outraged over the incident and there is a police investigation.

Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider said police “will pursue this complaint to the fullest extent of the law.”





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3 thoughts on “Spray painted kitten gets help”

  1. Catch and spray paint the pig who did this to a kitten and toss him in a cell !! Thank you to all the wonderful folks and vet staff who have saved this precious life…you are truly heroes !!!

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