Cruel pranksters dye cat bright pink

September 24, 2010 | by | 25 Comments

Animal welfare officers are hunting animal abusers who abandoned this cat after dying it bright PINK – to look like BAGPUSS.

The fluffy female, thought to be between one and two years old, was tossed over a fence into a back garden in Swindon, Wilts.

Its white fur had been dyed bright pink from tip to tail to look exactly like the classic television character Bagpuss.

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She was collected by welfare officers from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), and is now being cared for by Cheldene Veterinary Centre and Boarding Cattery in Aldbourne, Wilts.

Veterinarian Penny Gillespie tried to clean the distressed puss – who the clinic have appropriately named ‘Pink’ – but the colour refuses to wash out.

She said: ”We have no idea what the dye is or how long it will last. It is clearly not toxic but still unpleasant.

”The person responsible has covered her thoroughly all over but avoided putting any around the animal’s eyes and nose.

”Further washing would stress Pink and probably would not help to remove the colour so it will be case of waiting for it to grow out.”

Pink was flung into the garden at around 10.30pm last Saturday morning.

She was collected by animal welfare officers who noted a pattern in the fur around her neck that suggests she has recently been wearing a collar.

It is thought she may have been abandoned, although the RSPCA say they cannot rule out the possibility she is someone’s missing pet who has been the victim of a cruel prank.

Animal Welfare Officer Carl Hone, who is investigating the case, said: ”When I got the call I thought perhaps it would be a cat with something natural on their coat or which had rubbed against wet paint but this poor creature has been dyed completely pink, except around her eyes and nose, so she looks like she has a white mask on.

”We are very keen to trace the person responsible for doing this to the cat and I would urge anyone with information, or who knows who she belongs to to please call the RSPCA.”

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  1. How is that cruelty to animals? Dying one’s pets is an actual trend and hobby engaged in the world over. Probably the owner is looking for their pet while you’ve kidnapped it for no good reason. Let it loose and I’m sure it’ll find its way back home its loving and worried family.

  2. Jones says:

    “10.30pm last Saturday morning”… um, what?

  3. Spammer says:

    The most awesome cat in the universe.

  4. Spammer says:

    The most awesome cat in the universe.

  5. Grumblegran says:

    My head says it is wrong to dye the poor cat pink, but my heart is screaming CUUUUTTTTEEEE!!!!! She is just a beautiful animal and will hopefully get a good home what ever colour she is.

  6. Grumblegran says:

    My head says it is wrong to dye the poor cat pink, but my heart is screaming CUUUUTTTTEEEE!!!!! She is just a beautiful animal and will hopefully get a good home what ever colour she is.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Whoever dyed this cat went to the trouble of ensuring that they didn’t get any dye in the cat’s eyes, nose or mouth.
    Also, is there any actual evidence- say an eyewitness- to say the cat was thrown over the fence or did it just turn up in the garden and whoever found it assumed it had been thrown? I only ask because it has been my experience as someone who doesn’t own a cat, that cats are quite capable of jumping over high fences and pooing in my garden.

  8. Pooltop says:

    Ridiculous.
    This cat will likely end up being adopted specifically because of this ‘stunt’ where it might otherwise die in the streets or become euthanized in a shelter eventually.

    Is that really animal abuse when there wasn’t even dye anywhere near it’s eyes, nose or mouth?
    Much ado about nothing.

  9. Pooltop says:

    Ridiculous.
    This cat will likely end up being adopted specifically because of this ‘stunt’ where it might otherwise die in the streets or become euthanized in a shelter eventually.

    Is that really animal abuse when there wasn’t even dye anywhere near it’s eyes, nose or mouth?
    Much ado about nothing.

  10. Sadf says:

    This isn’t abuse stupid.

  11. Leopool says:

    No big deal…if she doesn’t like the colour, a cat can dye up to nine times!

  12. Leopool says:

    No big deal…if she doesn’t like the colour, a cat can dye up to nine times!

  13. Cache69 says:

    We love pink pussies.

  14. Cache69 says:

    We love pink pussies.

  15. Lisa says:

    The dye job was carefully done. If abuse had been intended, I doubt such care would have been taken to avoid the eyes and nose area. The cat is probably much more stressed by people fussing at it than it is by the actual color being on it.

  16. Lisa says:

    The dye job was carefully done. If abuse had been intended, I doubt such care would have been taken to avoid the eyes and nose area. The cat is probably much more stressed by people fussing at it than it is by the actual color being on it.

  17. big pussy says:

    if its not a problem how come the people who did it don’t step up? I would love to test some theories of what is cruel on them and then all you eCowards could comment

  18. Beartato says:

    How is this cruel? Does the cat give a f**k that it’s pink now?

  19. Christina says:

    Why is this cruel? I understand it being mockable- but my great-grandma (sweet old lady, who loved her cat to death) would dye her cat a different color every month because the grandkids found it funny. If it isn’t toxic- how is it “unpleasant” the cat probably isn’t too embarrassed by it’s pink coat. 😛

  20. nocon says:

    Just google “dyed pets” and see that it`s widespread and in my opinion a wonderful way to brighten up a shabby tabby or woeful woofer.
    How much more fun the world would be if all animals with dull colouring was brightened up this way.

  21. bella loghs says:

    this is evil and cruel why would someone do this????

  22. bella loghs says:

    people that say ‘thats not cruel’ it is how would u like someone to dye your hair an embarssing colour with out your permission then lets see what u say???

  23. Ubik Heisenberg says:

    “Cats are not color blind – they have the ability to distinguish between blues and greens, but lack the ability to pick out shades of red. The Natural History Museum of L.A. has online images demonstrating how cats view the world.

    So this pussy sees itself light grey instead of fully white.

    The real idiots are those who wrote the article, claming cruelty. The writer must be a true blonde with masochistically died hair… moron!

  24. brainsandsea says:

    that is soo cruel!!!!!!!!

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