On Jan. 2, 2015, a dog was found abandoned at a Scottish train station next to a suitcase containing all his possessions in the world — a dog bowl, food, a pillow and toy.
The dog, a male shar-pei named Kai, was found sitting with a leash attached to a banister at the Ayr railway station on Jan. 2, according to the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
Officials were able to determine the dog’s name because Kai had been microchipped by a previous owner. When they contacted that individual, he said he had sold Kai in 2013 but did not have any information on the new owner — the person who left Kai in the train station.
Scottish SPCA Inspector Stewart Taylor said in a press release:
“The dog is microchipped and we were able to find out his name is Kai.
We contacted the owner registered to the microchip, who stated they had sold Kai on Gumtree [Scotland’s version of Craigs List] in 2013. Unfortunately they could not tell us the address of the person who bought him.
This case highlights the potential consequences of selling an animal online as it often leads to the impulse buying of pets that people know very little about.
Regardless of the fact Kai was left with his belongings, this was still a cruel incident and we are keen to identify the person responsible. If anyone can help we would ask them to get in touch as soon as possible.
Kai is around two to three years old and is a lovely dog with a nice nature. We will look after him until we can find him a permanent and loving home.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence in Scotland under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Scottish SPCA’s Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.
H/t ABC News
The person who abandoned Kai at the train station has been identified — 39-year-old Fin Rayner, from Aberdeenshire. Her story is that she had bought Kai from someone online. But when she met up with the seller at the train station, Kai wasn’t the same good looking dog in the online picture, so Rayner just left Kai there. That is most ironic because IMHO, Kai is much better looking than Rayner.
The heartless irresponsible woman insists she did nothing wrong.
The silver lining to this story is that the Scottish SPCA has received many inquiries from across the world to adopt Kai. (Daily Mail)