Cat a paint ball after centre break-in

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 05:00 29/06/2013
Shy-shy
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PAINTED CAT: Shy-shy before she was anaesthetised and shaved.

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Shy-shy will be feeling even more bashful when she returns home to the mosque.

The Christchurch cat had a close shave with burglars who doused her with paint - and yesterday got an even closer shave from the vet.

Police placed the cat in SPCA care after a break-in at the Hillmorton/Spreydon Islamic Centre was discovered on Tuesday morning.

Shy-shy had been daubed with paint, items were strewn around inside the Lincoln Rd premises and a donation box containing cash was taken.

SPCA field officer Jenna Woodford said the paint had hardened on the cat's fur and would not wash off.

Shy-shy was put under general anaesthetic and the affected fur shaved off, including on the cat's head, legs, back and side.

"She looks like a Siamese now," Woodford said.

Shy-shy stayed overnight at the vet's and would spend a few days at the SPCA for final checks before being returned to the centre.

SPCA Canterbury inspectorate manager Geoff Sutton said the mosque community was paying for the cat's veterinary care.

"We've seen it before with tar, but not paint. That's a first."

Police said a forensic examination had been done at the Islamic centre but no arrests made.

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