Kai, a shar-pei cross, was tied to a railing Scottish railway station when he was found. Beside him sat a suitcase jammed with what appeared to be the dog’s belongings: A pillow, toy, food bowl and food. But on that evening, Jan. 2, at the Ayr station, there was there was no sign of Kai’s owner.
Now, the Scottish SPCA is looking for help tracking down whomever abandoned the “lovely dog with a nice nature.”
“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,” Inspector Stewart Taylor said in a statement.
The 2- to 3-year-old dog had a microchip, which lead officials to the registered owner. But that owner had sold the pooch on Gumtree, an online classified site, in 2013. And, the original owner didn’t have the contact information of the new owner.
“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,” Taylor added.
The SCPA will take care of Kai until a permanent home is found. And, it aims to charge the person who so thoughtlessly dumped Kai.
In Scotland, abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare, which can result in a ban from keeping animals for life.
Tips can be directed to SPCA’s animal help line at 03000 999 999.