£2,500 raised to care for dog Kai


Published: Thursday 8th January 2015 by The News Editor

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More than £2,500 has been raised in less than a day to care for a dog abandoned at a railway station with a suitcase containing his belongings.

The Scottish SPCA said it has “never had a response quite like this before”, as donations and inquiries continue to flood in from around the world for shar-pei crossbreed Kai.

The dog was found tied to a railing outside Ayr station in South Ayrshire last Friday in a tale similar to that of Paddington Bear.

His story hit headlines around the world, from the US to Hong Kong, and the charity has had calls from people in California and Tennessee offering to adopt him.

Kai, who is aged between two and three, was discovered at the station by a member of the public who then contacted the Scottish SPCA. He had been left with a case containing a pillow, toys, food and his bowl.

The animal charity hopes to rehome him in Scotland in around three or four weeks’ time, once he has had surgery to his eyelids, which are curled under, meaning his eyelashes touch his eyeballs.

A JustGiving page was set up by the Scottish SPCA after several people asked how they could donate to the charity and care for the dog.

The money that has come in so far has surpassed expectations and funds raised above what is required to care for Kai will be used to look after other animals in need , the charity said.

Senior animal care assistant Alan Grant, who is looking after Kai at the Scottish SPCA centre in Glasgow, said: “In less than 24 hours we have raised over £2,500 for Kai, which is simply amazing.

“We have been overwhelmed with the response from people around the world and would like to thank everyone who has made a contribution, offered Kai a new home or wished him well.

“The donation page was originally started so people could help pay for the operation Kai needs on his eyes and any additional funds will be used to help care for the many sick, injured and abandoned animals at our rescue centres across the country.

“We’ve never had a response quite like this before and it is wonderful to know there are so many kind-hearted animal lovers out there.”

The charity is also caring for another dog found tied to a lamppost in a Scottish town earlier this week.

English bull terrier Petal was found in West High Street, Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, on Monday and is being looked after at the same care centre as Kai.

Inspector Billy Linton said: “Other than being overweight, Petal is in good condition. She was wearing a distinctive black leather and brass harness when she was found.

“We would ask anyone who recognises Petal to contact us as we are keen to identify her owner and establish how she came to be there.”

The charity said abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.

Published: Thursday 8th January 2015 by The News Editor

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