A dog was found abandoned on Friday night, tied to a railing outside the Ayr train station in Scotland. If you believe in the world of make-believe, you might surmise that the Shar-Pei mix was simply traveling on his own, for next to the dog was a suitcase, and in that suitcase was:
- A pillow
- A toy
- A bowl
Incredible. This act of cruelty is difficult to comprehend. On one hand, the dog looks good, and he has all his stuff, so the person who abandoned him must have cared for the dog in some way.
But on the other hand, a train station? Who does that? If you even slightly care for a dog and are unable to keep him, you don’t leave him tied up in a public place, exposed to all sorts of dangers. You don’t leave him with a suitcase of his belongings as if you’re engaging in some witty prank and then cast him out into the world.
The dog was taken to the Scottish SPCA, where staff scanned for a microchip. They found one. The dog’s name is Kai. He is registered to a man who sold him online in 2013, but the man didn’t have the address of the new owner.
Inspector Stewart Taylor said of the abandonment, “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.”
The SPCA posted a statement on its site, asking the public for information and noting that abandoning an animal is an offense under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
“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,” said Taylor.
As for Kai, he is well on his way to becoming a celebrity, thanks to that photo, which spread across social media. He’s currently with the SPCA waiting patiently for the next stage of his life.
“Kai is around two to three years old and is a lovely dog with a nice nature,” said Taylor. “We will look after him until we can find him a permanent and loving home.”
Anyone with information on Kai is urged to call the SPCA’s Animal Helpline at 03000-999-999.
Photo and story via the Scottish SPCA
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