Two adorable 4-week-old kittens stained with Sharpie pens were rescued by volunteers. 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 Bradford Cat Watch Rescue Kittens (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, reports Yahoo News.
Metro reports that Lloyd described the scene, saying:
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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.
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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 six to eight 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.