Stray dog painted to look like tiger leaving animal rights activists outraged

A animal rights group has appealed for information after a stray dog was found on the streets painted orange with black stripes to resemble a tiger.

The Persatuan Haiwan Malaysia, Malaysia Animal Association, shared the images on its Facebook page after the pooch was spotted on the streets.

The scruffy dog had been daubed with bright orange paint and black stripes which gave it the convincing appearance of a fearsome wild cat as it walked along a town street.

The animal rights group called on members of the public to come forwards with any information leading to the culprit's arrest.

An association spokesperson wrote on Facebook: "Help Animal Malaysia identify the location and who this animal belongs to.

"A mystery reward awaits those who come forward with complete information on the incident."

It is unclear if the local authorities are also trying to track down the animal-painting culprit.

People took to social media to denounce the painters.

One said: "The dog's face is sad, such a shame."

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Another said: "The dog has to take a bath and have its coat shaved to get rid of all the chemicals. Sorry dog, remember the thug who did this to you."

Though one more joked: "The dog is having an identity crisis."

It's not the first time a dog has been transformed into a tiger.

In December an Indian farmer used hair dye to disguise his pet so it could scare off the monkeys who were eating his crops.

Traditional oil or acrylic paints can be very toxic to animals because they contain heavy metals, solvents and chemicals which emit noxious gases into the body.

They can cause an animal's eyes to become irritated as well as their skin and airways.

An animal exposed to paint can often become dizzy and dazed and even lose their hair in extreme cases.

There are some pet-friendly paints on the market for owners who want to change the appearance of their dog or cat for a costume or joke, which tend to be water-based rather than solvent-based.

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