Bluish-Purple Dyed ‘Smurf Kitten’ Recovering From Dog Bites

Bluish-Purple Dyed 'Smurf Kitten'
Animal shelter Nine Lives Foundation provided an update on Smurf (R) an eight-week-old kitten found with his hair dyed purple after potentially being used as a chew toy for dogs. Smurf is recovering from surgery after sustaining approximately 20 wounds. Photo By Nine Lives Foundation/Facebook
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 6 (UPI) — An eight-week-old kitten in California, found with its fur dyed bluish-purple believed to have been used as a “chew toy” for dogs, was rescued and is in recovery after undergoing surgery.
The Nine Lives Foundation animal shelter in Redwood City provided an update on the kitten, nicknamed “Smurf” for it’s coloring, via Facebook as it began to recover from surgery.

“Smurf continues to improve and his wounds are healing well!” the post read, adding that Smurf had developed a bond with another cat in the shelter.

“Wanda has taken on a purple hue from snuggling with Smurf! We hope that he and Wanda are able to go to their foster home this week!”

Smurf underwent emergency abdominal surgery in addition to procedures to repair his severely wounded hind leg. It’s unclear how Smurf became so severely wounded but speculation states that the wounds are consistent with bites.

“I’ve seen a lot of animals used as bait for other animals, it looks to me like he was used as a chew toy,” Monica Rudiger of Nine Lives told KTVU. “He obviously wasn’t killed by the dog or whatever animal it was but he was pretty badly injured.”

Nine Lives also gave thanks for food and other donations made to Smurf and promised weekly updates on his status.


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