Kai, the dog who was abandoned at Ayr Railway Station in Scotland last month, has found a new home. I wrote about Kai in the post A new twist on abandonment.
Because of the worldwide coverage of Kai’s story (which reminded a lot of people of the story of Paddington Bear), there were lots of people who applied to adopt him. Ian Russell, a self-employed hydraulic engineer, is Kai’s new owner. Kai will get to travel all over Scotland with Russell, just as Russell’s previous dog did for almost 15 years!
Read more about Kai’s new home here:
Dog abandoned at railway station with suitcase of his belongings finds a new owner – Telegraph
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand
The Scottish SPCA has reported a dog that was abandoned along with a suitcase of his belongings.
The Shar Pei cross, Kai, along with his suitcase (photo by SPCA/PA)
The dog named Kai (identification details that were found on his microchip) was discovered tied to a railing outside Ayr station. His suitcase contained a pillow, food, toy and bowl.
When Scottish SPCA inspector Stewart Taylor checked with the owners, whose details were registered against the microchip, he was told that they had sold Kai on a website in 2013 but they didn’t know to who!
“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. 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 Scottish SPCA inspector Stewart Taylor.
Abandonment is an animal welfare offense that in Scotland and, if convicted, the persons responsible are likely to be banned from keeping animals for a specified period of time.
The bottom line on this case is that abandonment is still abandonment. And the ‘new’ owners weren’t even responsible enough to have Kai’s microchip updated. However, the previous owners are also responsible in that they failed to check on the people who were adopting Kai from them, ensuring they had legitimate credentials, viewing their home, etc.
Dogs are not disposable!
Source: The Telegraph