No one can say for certain how the first weeks of Smurf’s life played out, but his broken body and frightened eyes hint at abuses unimaginable.
His spirit, however, remains intact.
Facebook/Nine Lives FoundationThe sweet but scared kitten, thought to be less than 2 months old, was dropped off at a San Jose animal shelter in California this week. While it was obvious that someone had dyed his fur a deep shade of purple, staff soon discovered his body was covered in deep bite marks and abrasions.
Rather than euthanizing Smurf, the shelter alerted the Nine Lives Foundation, a rescue center for injured and abused cats run by veterinarian Monica Rudiger.
For her, the young animal’s injuries were consistent with a shocking but little-known practice — people using kittens as live bait for dogs being trained to fight.
Facebook/Nine Lives Foundation“I don’t know what happened to him…
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