Black Cat Found Covered in White Latex Paint

Reward offered for suspected cruelty.

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Betsy was found covered in white paintA $1,000 reward is being offered for information about a black cat that was found covered head-to-toe in white paint in Pittsburgh.

The Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania scrubbed off most of the white latex paint after several attempts to clean the 1-year-old cat, named Betsy, who was said to be friendly but uncomfortable because the paint was pulling her fur when she moved.

The organization also believes that Betsy has a litter of kittens somewhere because she is lactating, and is asking anyone who might know about the kittens or any possible abuse to step forward.

We think it was intentional because of the extent of the coverage, said shelter spokesman Mark Berton.

Animal control officers picked up Betsy on Feb. 16 after someone reported the cat was in trouble.

Rescue workers were able to clean off the paint using a combination of dish detergent and pumice soap although as of Friday they were letting the cat rest for awhile with a few areas still painted, including a stiffened tail. The first cleaning attempt with just dish soap did not work well, and workers had discussed using a nontoxic paint remover before trying the soap combination, Berton said. If all else had failed, they would have shaved Betsy, and still may do so with her tail.

The reward for information leading to an animal-cruelty conviction initially was $500, but increased as pet lovers called in to help. Anyone with information is asked to call (412) 321-4625, extensions 216 or 219.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2006, 3 p.m. EST

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Michele    Tustin, CA

11/20/2008 8:23:33 PM

I think what Valerie meant was great job on helping the cat, NOT hurting her. While I agree that a reward of $500 is small, these days people will do anything for even that. I too hope that they found and punished the perp. BTW, did anyone notice how old this story is? February 21, 2006? Yeah, I think it's possible they might have found the kittens, got the rest of the paint off and caught the jerk. Why do they post such old stories? Is this site run by a psych major?

OK    OK, OK

6/7/2008 8:06:22 AM

Someone should push valerie off a cliff, or pin her to a wall. Who could LOVE a tale that abuses a cat? Sure cat-haters probably. Hmmm lets latex paint her and see how she likes it, im sure she will be nice and comfy not being able to move or kiss her dogs.

Sophie    Clarksville, NC

6/7/2008 8:02:38 AM

500$? thats a cheesy sum! Hw about 2,000! thats about right

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

5/6/2008 5:37:12 AM

This is sick! I sure hope they caught whoever did this to her and I also hope they found those poor kittens.

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