UPDATE: Kait, the dog that was abandoned at a Scottish train station, has found his forever home, according to the Scottish SPCA. The Shar Pei-mix recently underwent an operation on his eyes, and he will be heading to his new family following his recovery.
Scottish SPCA officials are hoping to find the person responsible for tying up a dog in a train station and abandoning him with a suitcase filled with the toys and food.
According to the rescue organization, the Shar Pei-mix was left tied to a railing outside of the Ayr railway station, located approximately 30 miles southwest of Glasgow. The dog was left with a suitcase filled with a pillow, toy, food bowl and food.
After SPCA officials scanned the dog’s microchip, they discovered that the dog was named Kai. However, when animal rescue workers called the number listed on the microchip, Kai’s former owner said that they sold Kai on an online website called Gumtree in 2014. The former owner did not know the name or address of the person who purchased Kai from that online listing.
“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,” said Inspector Stewart Taylor in a statement. “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.”
The two or three-year-old dog is now being looked at and cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s center in Glasgow, where shelter workers have vowed to care for Kai until they can find him a new home. Stewart describes Kai as “a lovely dog with a nice nature.”
Though initially officials did not know who abandoned the dog, Fin Rayner came forward and said that she was the one who left the dog at the train station. She told the Daily Record that she was supposed to pick up a dog that she offered to buy from an online ad. But when she got to the train station and saw the seller with Kai, she said Kai was not the dog advertised. Rayner agreed to take the dog for a test walk, but when she returned, the seller had vanished, leaving Rainer with Kai. In a rush to catch a train home, Rayner told reporters she tied the dog up at the station and notified a station employee.
Abandoning an animal is considered an offense in Scotland under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act of 2006. It’s unclear whether Rayner will be penalized for leaving the dog at the station. Unfortunately this story serves as a warning about buying dogs from disreputable online sources. It’s important to do research before adopting or purchasing a dog from a breeder, and to make sure that your family is ready and committed to having a dog before you bring one home. Clearly, Rayner didn’t take any of these steps, and Kai suffered the consequences.