Cat’s Paws Were Dyed Purple For Sinister Reason- If You See This, Call 911
Stray animals suffer enough. Many go through heartbreaking triumphs just to eat a small meal. As humans, who are capable of changing their lives for the better, it is our job to protect them. This story is a sad reality. It tells the story of a world we often ignore because we think it doesn’t concern us or it’s being handled by the appropriate people. Truthfully, it’s far from being handled. One cat can attest to that.
Animal rescuer and advocate, Megan Sorbara, founder of the non-profit Naples Cat Alliance, has pretty much seen it all. When animal control called her to come by and see if she could help one cat, she was surprised to see that he was in decent shape. His coat was shiny, he seemed to be well-cared for but as she continued to check him over, she could see one harrowing detail: his paws were painted purple.
Animal control had no idea what his purple paws meant, or the small purple stripe running down his head. But Megan did. Its sinister meaning broke Megan’s heart.
“I consider myself pretty hardened to a lot of stuff,” Megan wrote on Facebook. “I have dealt with a lot of injured, emaciated, neglected and abused animals, but this one really got to me. By all accounts he looks good,” but his purple paws, Megan explained, meant he wasn’t okay at all. In fact, the innocent cat was facing death.
“Dog fighters use markers to color the white parts of cats and kittens so they can bet on which color will die first,” Megan continued. “They are ‘color-coded’ and then thrown to packs of dogs, while these sick barbarians place their bets. This is cruelty at its worst.”
Dog fighters often take kittens off the streets or even steal people’s beloved pets. Since this cat appeared to be of decent weight, and with a shiny coat, it was likely he was well-cared for BEFORE he was taken. Luckily, once he was with the dog fighters, he figured out a way to escape.
In dog-fighting, small, innocent animals like cats and kittens are thrown into the ring to entice the dogs. Some use the small animals as a reward or use them to test the dogs, to promote aggression and bloodlust. It’s a disgusting practice all around.
What makes matters worse, is that many shelters adopt out these cats and kittens, unknowingly, thinking they’re going to good, loving homes– only to end up with these monsters. These monsters who actually walk into animal shelters and rescue organizations and claim they’re looking for a companion when in fact they are looking for bait.
Now, thankfully, this particular cat is safe. Megan named him, fittingly, Mr. Purple Paws. “Somebody must have left a door open. Or maybe he got away during transport while they’re going wherever they go to have these fights in the middle of the night, or when they are picking up a new litter of fighting puppies.” However Mr. Purple Paws got away, his freedom is reason to celebrate.
Mr. Purple Paws’ past in no way affected his personality. He loves people and has an optimistic outlook on life.
“He’s just so sweet, rolling over on his back and giving head butts—just adorable,” said Megan.
It only took the charming cat one week to meet his adoptive dad. He was just too irresistible to pass up. He’s now living the dream life filled with lots of love and affection.
Not all animals will be this lucky. Sadly. If you see these markings on small animals, you are encouraged to contact the police. It is VERY likely that the animal is connected to the sinister world of dog-fighting. A world we pray will disappear. Forever.