A Scottish animal rescue is desperate for information about a dog found abandoned with suitcase at a train station. Male dog, a three-year-old shar-pei mix, was found tied to a railing at the Ayr station—abandoned next to a suitcase. The suitcase contained some of the dog’s belongings including a pillow, toy, food bowl, and food, according to Mashable.
The dog, named Kai, was identified using a microchip implant—however when the SPCA reached out to the registered owners they said they sold the dog in 2013. They were unable to provide an address or details about the new owner, but eventually authorities discovered he’d been left there by Fin Rayner from Aberdeen (pictured right). She says she was tricked into buying him after seeing an advertisement on Gumtree, a classifieds website.
According to the Daily Mail, the 39-year-old mother of three allegedly traveled came to see the dog, but claims that Kai was not the animal listed for sale. She told the seller she wanted to take the dog for a walk to test its temperament, and the seller drove away. Unsure what to do, she left him at the rail station when she was boarding a train back home. An investigation has been launched into the incident.
Kai suffered from a condition that made his eyelashes curl inside his eyelids. Animal lovers raised enough money to pay for surgery, and now thousands inundated the Scottish SPCA with offers to take him home; the organization is looking at a short list of possible adoptees.
In the meantime, Kai may become a star. The animal is being used in a PETA campaign warning against buying and selling animals online.
Kai is described as a “lovely dog with a nice nature,” and will be looked after by the charity until a permanent home is found.
In Scotland, abandoning an animal is an offense, and those guilty of it can be banned from keeping animals in the future.