Saturday 3 December 2016

Jack Russell Rio abandoned in park with bag of belongings

Published 04/09/2015 | 13:24

Rio meets Scottish SPCA worker Mica Sinforiani (PA/Scottish SPCA)
Rio meets Scottish SPCA worker Mica Sinforiani (PA/Scottish SPCA)

A pet dog was abandoned in a park with a bag full of his belongings.

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Rio the Jack Russell was left tied up in Drumpellier country park in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, with a carrier containing his lead, food bowl, brush, toy and shampoo.

The Scottish SPCA is caring for the three-year-old in the "heartbreaking" case that echoes that of Kai, the shar-pei cross-breed found tied to a railing at Ayr railway station in January.

Rio was discovered on Saturday and is being cared for at the charity's rescue and re-homing centre in Hamilton.

Lorraine Alba, from the centre, said: "This is a heartbreaking case as it seems whoever did this wanted Rio to have all his possessions.

"It may be that his owner's circumstances changed and they were no longer able to look after him, but we must stress that abandoning an animal is an offence.

"We are very glad Rio was found by someone kind who helped him and we'll care for him until we can find him a loving new home."

Kai's story was reported across the world after he was discovered at Ayr station with a suitcase of his belongings.

The SPCA received hundreds of offers to re-home him and he was eventually placed with a dog lover in East Renfrewshire.

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