Kai has baggage.
A brown suitcase, in fact, which was curiously left beside him when he was abandoned at the Ayr railway station in Scotland on Friday.
According to the Scottish SPCA, the shar-pei mix was found tied to a railing outside the station along with a suitcase of his belongings, including a pillow, toy, bowl and some dog food – a photo of the melancholy-looking pup is tugging at the heartstrings of dog lovers on Facebook, who’ve shared his photo over 3,500 times.
“Kai is around two to three years old and is a lovely dog with a nice nature. We will look after him until we can find him a permanent and loving home,” said inspector Stewart Taylor. “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.”
Since the dog was micro-chipped, authorities were able to determine that the pooch’s name is Kai and that he was sold on Gumtree, a website offering free classified ads, in 2013, but they do not know the address of the person who bought him.
“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,” added Taylor.
Since abandoning an animal is an offense under Scotland’s Animal Health and Welfare Act, the person who abandoned Kai can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Authorities encourage anyone with information to call Animal Helpline or email email@example.com.