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Pigeon found at NYC playground was painted purple

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Pigeon found at NYC playground was painted purple

NEW YORK - Pigeons come in many shades in New York City � but purple is typically not one of them.

That's why animal lover Joe Mora was stunned when he saw a pigeon at a Queens playground that had been painted a violet hue.

The pigeon was taken Friday to licensed wildlife rehabilitator Bobby Horvath. He said the bird is unable to fly because the feathers are completely rigid from the paint. But he says the animal is lucky its mouth or eyes didn't get stained.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesman Joseph Pentangelo says if the bird was intentionally painted it "certainly" qualifies as animal cruelty.

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Comments

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justxploringComment by justxploring - August 16, 2008, 12:37 pm
I love Joe Pentangelo on Animal Planet.   
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Comment by Gentlespirit - August 16, 2008, 1:43 pm
If they ever find the person who did this to the pigeon, they need to paint this person purple and make them walk around town for two weeks with a sign on his/her back stating that this is their punishment for being cruel to animals!!! :(
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chippieComment by chippie - August 16, 2008, 2:07 pm
NOT nice at all, im glad someone came to his rescue
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ThinkComment by Think - August 17, 2008, 11:25 am
@gentlespirit

No, they should tar and feather them.

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