UK’s Daily Record has the back story on Kai.
ICYMI, Kai is the Shar Pei that captured a million hearts across the world when he was abandoned at the Ayr railway station in Scotland with a suitcase of his belongings.
According to the Daily Record, Kai’s abandonment was the result of a sale gone wrong. Fin Rayner, 39, claims that she went to see Kai (whose real name has been revealed to be Pluto) with her 9-year-old asthmatic daughter after she saw an ad for the dog on UK classifieds site, GumTree.
Rayner spoke to the Daily Record to share her side of the story:
“I went to buy a dog but the dog was not the same as the picture advertised. The guy rushed out with a food chest and lead on the dog. But I could see there was something up because he was very skinny. I said I wanted to take the dog for a walk, so he asked me for £150 as a deposit in case I didn’t come back. Then I saw him tearing off in his car. I phoned and said ‘You better come back for your dog’. He never turned up.”
Unsure of what to do next, Rayner, who was in a hurry to catch the last train home with her daughter decided to tie the dog up at the railway station and informed a member of the railway staff of Kai’s presence.
“What about me and my daughter, what we had to go through? I told somebody, I made sure the dog was safe.” said Rayner.
However, in positive news, the attention Kai’s picture got has helped the Scottish SPCA raise over £2500 for Kai’s care while he’s in the process of being rehomed.
While this unsavory situation may have a happy ending after all, we urge our readers to consider every option and resource available to them in times like these so as to ensure the safety of the animal.
For more on Kai, check out the full update on his progress by the Daily Record, here.