| 5.8°C Dublin

I abandoned dog and toys at station, admits mum

A woman who left a dog at a Scottish train station with a suitcase of his belongings has reportedly claimed he was abandoned after the sale of the animal went wrong.

The tale of Kai, who was found with a case containing food, toys, his bowl and a pillow, sparked a social media storm with offers to rehome him flooding in from around the world.

He was discovered tied to a railing outside Ayr station in south Ayrshire last Friday.

Kai has been cared for by the Scottish SPCA since he was found on January 2.

Fin Rayner (39) said she travelled from her home in Aberdeenshire to Ayr to collect him after seeing him advertised on Gumtree.


However, when she arrived along with her daughter, she found he was not the dog pictured in the online ad.

"The guy rushed out with a food chest and lead on the dog," she said.

"I said I wanted to take the dog for a walk, so he asked me for £150 (€190) 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.

"I thought I'd take the dog to Aberdeen, but my son phoned and said the photo from the ad was an American picture from 2005.

"I said to a member of staff it was somebody else's dog. I said, 'I'm just going to tie him up out there', and I did that."