This dog was abandoned at a train station with a luggage cart next to it full of its favorite objects
October 21, 2019
In the UK, the news story about a male dog, named Kai, abandoned at a train station in Scotland, with a luggage cart filled with his favorite things, has had a strong echo.
This is a story full of mystery that, in the end, has been solved and the many questions about how the dog came to be tied to a handrail in a corner of the train station have been answered.
Unfortunately, it has never been possible to find out who the dog's owner was, but it does not matter at this point: Kai has found a welcoming home and someone to take care of him.
His story is not simple, but we will try to report it in the best way we can.
Kai was tied with a leash to a handrail at the train station, so he could not escape or out of that situation. And, next to him was a luggage cart full of various objects ― his favorite items, which he usually enjoyed playing with.
Without anyone to take care of him, the Shar-Pei young dog was completely alone and defenseless. Fortunately, it did not take long before the Scottish SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) came to the rescue.
Kai was taken from the train station and temporarily given refuge at an SPCA animal shelter.
Fortunately, the dog had a microchip, from which it was possible to obtain information about its identity, such as its name and other data.
Thus, the volunteers of the animal safety organization discovered that the dog had some medical problems and that, probably, the previous owner had mistreated Kai.
In Scotland, abandoning an animal is a crime and the police are, therefore, on the trail of the ex-owner. Thanks to the microchip, the police were able to track down Kai's first owner, a man who had sold him to another man in 2013.
But, the previous owner said that he had no idea what had happened to the young dog after he sold it and that he did not have the buyer's contact information.
However, it seems that the man who had bought Kai, later tried to sell the dog to a woman, through a second-hand dog website. The man met with the woman at Ayr station, with a request for $520 USD (£400 GBP).
The sale was not successful because the image on the website that the woman had seen was clearly not Kai's. The woman immediately became suspicious of the man and asked permission to take the dog for a walk.
In response, the man told her that he wanted a guarantee of $195 USD (£150 GBP) in case she left with the dog forever.
"I said I wanted to walk the dog, so he asked me for a $195 USD (£150 GBP) deposit, in case I didn't come back. Then I saw him drive away in his car! I called him and told him, "You had better come back to get your dog. But he never showed up."
The woman, now alone with a dog that was not her own and was not what she had expected to buy, had no idea what to do and began to panic.
To make matters worse, there was the fact that the woman had to quickly go home to her daughter because the child suffers from asthma and the last train to their hometown was about to leave the train station.
Then, in a panic and in a hurry to reach her daughter, the woman left the young dog tied to a handrail at the train station, with the luggage cart next to it filled with Kai's favorite objects. The woman then reported to a member of the train staff that the animal that she was leaving was not her dog.
Thus is explained the mystery of Kai's discovery.
The problem is that Kai urgently needed surgery because his eyelids were curving inward. The operation would have cost over $1300 USD (£1000 GBP), so the poor dog's rescuers were not sure how to pay for such an expense!
However, the SPCA can count on a very strong community, which includes the whole world, not just Scotland, and so they were able to finance the surgical operation.
In fact, in just 24 hours, kind-hearted strangers and generous people from around the world had donated a total of over $3,250 USD (£2,500 GBP).
The operation went well and Kai is now as fit as a fiddle! Moreover, the Shar-Pei dog has become famous throughout Scotland and hundreds of adoption requests have arrived for him.
In the end, SPCA rescuers decided to entrust the dog to 52-year-old Ian Russell, a hydraulic engineer who, after the death of his Dalmatian, wanted to fill the void his dog had left.
The man considers himself very fortunate to have been chosen as the one suitable to adopt Kai, from among many other Scottish citizens.
Now the hope is that Kai and his new owner can enjoy the next few years happily and peacefully.