ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP/CBS Las Vegas) — Albuquerque officials say a kitten with its eyes painted shut has been pulled from a trash bin and another was found dead.

Animal welfare officials said Monday that the kittens were found last week in northwest Albuquerque and now authorities are offering a $2,500 reward to find those responsible for the abuse.

According to officials, a five-week-old kitten, Tuffy, was thin, dehydrated and covered in a paint-like material that prevented his eyes from opening. Tuffy was taken to the Westside shelter for treatment but the condition of his eyesight is uncertain.

Animal Welfare Capt. Albert Marquez said it appears that someone deliberately put the kittens in the trash since they were too small to climb.

“These young kittens were too small and weak to get into a Dumpster on their own,” Marquez told KOAT-TV. “Someone put them in there.”

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