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Purple-dyed kitten rescued after allegedly being used as a chew toy for dog

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A 1.75 pound kitten was rescued by a California animal shelter after he was found with his fur dyed purple and multiple bite marks and open wounds covering his body.

The seven-week-old kitten, named Smurf, was brought to the Nine Lives Foundation shelter in Redwood City, California, on Monday. An anonymous rescuer found the poor kitten in a box with lemon slices and purple rags, according to Mercury News.

He was suffering from about 20 deep wounds, believed to be canine bites.

“I’ve seen a lot of animals used as bait for other animals; it looks to me like he was used as a chew toy,” Veterinarian Monica Rudiger told Mercury News. “He obviously wasn’t killed by the dog or whatever animal it was, but he was pretty badly injured.”

The shelter gave the kitten a full-body shave, multiple baths, cleaned his wounds and gave him antibiotic treatment.

A day before New Year’s Eve, the shelter announced some good news on Facebook. Smurf is scheduled to undergo surgery next week to repair a large wound on his right leg.

Despite his initial condition, the kitten is healing nicely, the shelter said. He could be put up for adoption in the future.