Dog Found Abandoned With Suitcase Finds A Home
A dog was found abandoned at a Scottish train station in Ayr along with a suitcase filled with its belongings and now the local animal welfare charity SPCA are looking for tips into who is the neglectful owner.
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.
“Kai is around two to three years old and is a lovely dog with a nice nature,” Scottish SPCA Inspector Stewart Taylor said in the group’s release.
The group reported that the suitcase contained a dog bowl, food, a pillow and toy — although that doesn’t clear the owner from wrongdoing.
Abandoning an animal is an offense in Scotland and, if they are able to determine who left the dog in the station, that person or persons could be banned from owning animals for life.
“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,” Taylor said.
Officials were able to determine the dog’s name because the animal had been microchipped by a previous owner. When they contacted that individual, he reported that he had sold the dog in 2013 but did not have any information on the new owner.
But few could have predicted that within 24 hours news of Kai’s plight would have captured hearts around the world.
News outlets in Scotland were first to break the story.
Many readers took to social media to voice their outrage on Kai’s behalf, including Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh.
Kai’s plight also prompted a strong reaction on the BBC Scotland news Facebook page.
While others speculated about what might have driven Kai’s owners to give him up.
Others joked that maybe Kai was just off on an adventure.
Ian F MacMillan wrote on Facebook: “Best not to judge without knowing the full picture. Maybe even the dog watched Paddington or The Littlest Hobo and wanted to live such a life.”
Several news outlets had the same idea, seizing upon the parallels between Kai’s tale of woe and a certain fictional bear from Peru found at Paddington station.
And it wasn’t long before the story of Kai was also taking centre stage in national news coverage, gaining pace around the world overnight.
And, of course, Peru:
Words of Kai even reached Hollywood, with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton going as far as to call the photo of Kai looking forlorn with his suitcase “the saddest image ever!”
The good news is that all this international attention has translated into thousands coming forward to offer Kai a home.
The Scottish SPCA says it has been deluged with more than 100 calls from people offering a new home for shar-pei crossbreed and have had calls from people in California and Tennessee offering a roof for Kai.
Irvine Welsh was even keen to take him in.
And one BBC website reader, Vijay in India emailed BBC Scotland news, with an offer to adopt Kai:
However the SPCA hopes to rehome Kai in Scotland once he has had surgery to his eyelids, which are curled under meaning his eyelashes touch his eyeballs.
The charity said abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
The pet was sold on the Gumtree website in 2013 and the charity is appealing for information to help trace whoever bought him.
Source: BBC & Aberdeen Press & Journal
So glad he has found a home to go to after he is all better! The Paddington Bear story all over again!