A sad looking dog was found abandoned in a Scottish train station on January 2, and the Scottish SPCA is looking for the person responsible.
Gawker reports that the dog, a two to three-year old Shar-pei mix named “Kai,” was found tied to a railing in the train station. A suitcase filled with the dog’s belongings sat nearby. The suitcase contained a food dish, some food, a pillow, and a toy.
Kai had been imbedded with an identity microchip, but when authorities tracked down the registered owner on the chip, they ran into a dead-end — that owner had sold Kai on Gumtree, which is the British version of Craigslist, in 2013. That owner did not have any information on the person who bought Kai.
The Scottish SPCA is appealing to the public for help in finding who abandoned Kai. Abandoning an animal is an offense in Scotland that could get the person responsible banned from owning animals for life.
In a press release, the SPCA says,
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.
Buying and selling animals online is not a good idea.
The SPCA press release also says that buying or selling animals through sites such as Craigslist, is not wise.
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.
Whether Kai was abandoned by the person who purchased him from the original owner, or by someone that person may have sold or given him to, is not clear at this time, and is one of the questions the SPCA will need to clarify as they work to seek answers in the case.
Currently Kai is spending his time at the SPCA, as the investigation continues.
Here’s a report, from ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Image via Scottish SPCA