A dog was found abandoned at a railway station in Scotland, tied to a suitcase filled with his belongings.
The Shar-Pei crossbreed was discovered on Jan. 2 outside Ayr Station, and the suitcase that accompanied him was reportedly filled with the dog’s toys, pillow, food and food bowl. The Scottish SPCA began investigating and determined that the dog’s original owner sold him in 2013.
“The dog is microchipped and we were able to find out his name is Kai,” Scottish SPCA Inspector Stewart Taylor said. “We contacted the owner registered to the microchip, who stated they had sold Kai on Gumtree in 2013. Unfortunately they could not tell us the address of the person who bought him.”
Kai was taken to the SPCA headquarters, where he will be looked after until authorities are able to contact his last owner.
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“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 said. “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.”
According to BBC News, abandoning an animal is a crime under Scotland’s Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006. Those found guilty are banned from owning a pet for either a specific period of time or for life, depending on the case.
The SPCA is reportedly seeking a home for Kai while the investigation continues.
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“Kai is around 2 to 3 years old and is a lovely dog with a nice nature,” Taylor said. “We will look after him until we can find him a permanent and loving home.”