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This Animal Shelter Rescued Two Kittens Colored In With Purple And Green Ink

Meet Smurf and Shrek.

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The staff at a U.K. cat rescue center in Bradford, West Yorkshire, thought they had seen it all until police dropped off two kittens on Monday that appeared to be colored with permanent marker, according to a post shared on the organization's Facebook page.

Facebook: BCWRKittens / Via Facebook: BCWRKittens

The West Yorkshire Police told BuzzFeed News that officers dropped the kittens off at the center for care.

https://www.facebook.com/BCWRKittens/posts/1010823548983540
https://www.facebook.com/BCWRKittens/posts/1010823548983540

But he was unable to provide further information about where they were found and who may have marked them.

Katie Jane, a volunteer with the center, called it "a dreadful act of cruelty" on Facebook, adding it is unclear what "damage this may have caused."

BBC Look North (Yorkshire) / Via Facebook: BBCLookNorthYorkshire

Jane told the BBC the 4-week-old kittens, which she named Smurf and Shrek, have been making "marvelous progress."

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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1010831598982735&set=a.442017992530768.99297.100001677125431&type=3&theater

She has been feeding the two kittens every four hours and consulted with a veterinary poison information service about how to remove the ink safely.

"They are now much brighter in personality," said Jane in a Facebook post. "The colour is fading and they are now taking their feeds well."

Katie Jane / Via facebook.com

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