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.
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.”