Pink cat is handed in to the RSPCA in Wiltshire

A cat has been handed in to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after yobs turned it pink and threw it over a garden fence in Swindon, Wiltshire.

The normally white cat, which has unsurprisingly been named Pink by the vets caring for her, was covered in a permanent pink dye and was spotted wondering the garden by the resident who contacted the RSPCA.

The RSPCA vet caring for her has tried to wash some of the dye out of Pink's fur but has said that further washing of the cat may distress her, so Pink will have to wait 12-18 months for her to become pure white again. The pink dye does not cover the areas around her eyes and nose.

The poor creature now resembles that famous cartoon pink cat The Pink Panther.

Who turned this kitten into the Pink Panther?: Yobs leave animal so bright it glows in the dark

By Daily Mail Reporter
25th September 2010
Daily Mail

Perhaps she's blushing at her new appearance. It's difficult to tell right now.

For some prankster has dyed this white cat a rather fetching shade of pink.

But if she's embarrassed at her shade, she'd better get over it.

Vet Penny Gillespie, who is looking after the cat - nicknamed Pink - after she was thrown over a garden fence in Swindon and handed to the RSPCA, tried washing it off, without success.

Blushing: The originally white cat was dyed pink but instead of washing it out, the RSPCA said they would let it grow out

Sick prank: Yobs dyed the white shorthair cat and threw her over a fence in Swindon

'Further washing would stress Pink and probably would not help, so it will be case of waiting for it to grow out,' she said.

'The person responsible has covered her all over but avoided putting any round her eyes and nose.'

The cat, thought to have been a stray or deserted pet, was earlier unharmed by the guerilla grooming session.

The resident who found the brightly coloured feline contacted the RSPCA who then placed her in the care of vets.

Recovering: The moggy is now residing in a cat refuge to recover from the stressful guerilla grooming session

However, the dye is permanent and Pink will have to wait 12 to 18 months until she is snowy again.

Animal welfare officer Carl Hone said when he received a report there was a pink cat in Swindon, he did not expect to find a fully-dyed feline.

'I thought perhaps it would be a cat with something natural on their coat or which had rubbed against wet paint,' he said.

Bright young thing: Pink, who is estimated to be one or two years old, is said to glow in the dark

Feline fashion: The Pink Panther

And Ms Gillespie, who is caring for Pink at the Cheldene Veterinary Centre and Boarding Cattery, said she has not seen such a brightly coloured creature in her nine years working at refuge.

'Pink is so bright she almost glows in the dark,' she said.

'When I first saw it my jaw dropped and I thought, "Oh my God!".

'I couldn't believe what I was seeing and had to do a double take. It is so bizarre.'

She added: 'Surprisingly other cats do not seem to have noticed her unusual hairdo.'

Although Ms Gillespie has labelled the act 'cruel' and highlighted it could have been fatal for the cat if the dye was toxic, she noted her full-body colour change had been executed in a conscientious manner.

'Pink has been dyed very evenly and the person has taken care to ensure it did not get in her eyes or mouth so I think it may have been done professionally,' she said.
I often wonder where peoples brains are. Obviously often not in their heads. This may of been a prank but it could of made this lovely cat very sick. Then again maybe they just didn't care or they just don't care about anything in their little world. Sad to say
my neighbours used to dip their cats in or brush on assorted colours of veggie based dyes or koolaid mix to colour them. Aside from being as annoying as a bath would be for a cat, they don't pose much danger, other than making the owners look like morons.
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