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The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a dog was abandoned at Ayr railway station along with a suitcase.
We were alerted on Friday 2 January after the male shar-pei crossbreed was discovered tied to a railing outside the station.
The suitcase had a number of the dog's belongings, including a pillow, toy, food bowl and food.
Inspector Stewart Taylor said, "The dog is microchipped and we were able to find out his name is Kai.
"We contacted the owner registered to the microchip, who stated they had sold Kai on Gumtree in 2013. Unfortunately they could not tell us the address of the person who bought him.
"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.
"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. If anyone can help we would ask them to get in touch as soon as possible.
"Kai is around two to three years old and is a lovely dog with a nice nature. We will look after him until we can find him a permanent and loving home."
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.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999.