This week, the Scottish SPCA has been flooded with phone calls from people hoping to adopt the dog after photos of the somber-looking animal went viral.
“We have been overwhelmed with lovely messages for Kai and would like to thank everyone,” the animal welfare agency wrote on Facebook. “The phone at our Glasgow centre has … been ringing off the hook with offers of a new home for this adorable boy, who must be the most filmed and photographed dog in Scotland and has taken being in the media spotlight in his stride.”
The SPCA noted that offers to “rehome” Kai even came from America. “We’ll find him a new home in Scotland :),” the agency promised as Scottish authorities continued searching for the dog’s previous owner in hopes of finding out why, exactly, he was left behind.
A microchip led investigators to the dog’s original owner, who told them he sold Kai through an online classified ad in 2013, according to the SPCA. If found, the owner could face charges under Scotland’s Animal Health and Welfare Act, according to the Guardian. A guilty verdict could lead to a temporary or permanent ban from owning animals, the paper noted.
“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,” Taylor said.
The wrinkly-faced pooch was discovered Friday night tied to a railing outside Ayr station, which is about 40 miles from Glasgow. The dog’s suitcase included a number of his belongings, including a pillow, a toy, a food bowl and food.
“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,” Stewart said. “If anyone can help we would ask them to get in touch as soon as possible.”
The Scottish SPCA noted that Kai needs to have an operation on his eyes and is raising money to pay for the procedure. “Otherwise, he’s doing well and probably wondering what all the fuss is about!”