Cat Arrives At Shelter With Paws Dyed Purple – Rescuer Takes One Look And Calls The Police
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Cat Arrives At Shelter With Paws Dyed Purple – Rescuer Takes One Look And Calls The Police

When this poor kitty showed up at the shelter one day, the staff was just horrified.

Rescuer Meghan Sorbara had seen plenty of cats in terrible condition but this one was especially heartbreaking, because the adorable feline had one nightmarish sign:

Purple paws.

What did this mean?

Well, Meghan alluded to the situation in a Facebook post, saying:

Being in animal rescue, you hear and read about a lot of terrible things being done to poor innocent animals and then one day, the victim of one of these terrible things shows up at your door.

She added that even after dealing with “injured, emaciated, neglected, and abused animals,” “this one really got to me.”

And it’s because purple paws meant the poor cat was going to be used in illegal dog fighting!

This horrific “sport” involves two dogs being forced to battle, until one of them either runs off or is killed. It’s vicious and cruel and everyone involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

These “events” also cause smaller animals to suffer as well, as the dog owners will toss rabbits, rodents, and yes, even cats and kittens, into the ring to test the dogs’ “bloodlust.”

Sometimes, these animals are adopted at shelters, and that animal thinks he or she is off to lead a happy life.

But no, they descend straight into hell and it’s just an unimaginably terrifying situation.

That’s what this adorable cat had experienced, as Meghan understood: the purple paws is a “color-coding” the dog fight organizers use.

Worse yet, the cat may have been stolen from a happy home and forced into this life of despair and fear. However, he had managed to escape … but how?

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.

Well, however it had happened, he’d escaped in the nick of time!

And after Meghan contacted the local authorities in the hopes they’d find the dog-fighting perpetrators, she focused entirely on Mr. Purple Paws.

Everyone at the NCA loved the friendly kitty, and Meghan says “he doesn’t have a care in the world; he’s Mr. Happy.”

And just one short week after arriving at the shelter, Mr. Purple Paws got a new adoptive dad! This time, he’d be sure to go to a loving home.

Dog fighting destroys so many lives, and other species are affected as well. No animal deserves to suffer this way, but at least kind-hearted souls can save a few…

Mr. Purple Paws definitely found his kind-hearted savior! 🙂

Source: Honest to Paws

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Benjamin Stephen Dutka is a journalist, writer and editor with over two decades of experience. He has worked with three newspapers and eight online publications, including the Norwich Bulletin, Hartford Courant,,, and PoiseMedia, Inc. He also won a Connecticut short story contest entitled Art as Muse, Imaginary Realms, and has a penchant for rowing, reading, video games, and Objectivism.

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