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Abandoned rail station dog gets new home

Thursday February 5th 2015

A pet dog who hit the headlines after being dumped at a railway station with just a suitcase is now settling into a new home.

People from as far away as the Philippines and New York got in touch with the Scottish SPCA to offer Kai the Shar Pei crossbreed a new home after he was found at Ayr station.

But Kai has not had to go quite as far to get his new start in life, having now been housed with 52-year-old self-employed engineer Ian Russell, of Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire.

The charity chose Mr Russell, who recently lost his pet Dalmatian, after getting offers from hundreds of dog lovers in the UK and overseas.

Railway staff found Kai tied to a railing at the station on January 2 along with a suitcase containing his food and bowl, a toy, pillow and other belongings.

The tale echoes that of Paddington, the popular children's story which sees the famous fictitious bear adopted by the Browne family after being found with a suitcase at the London railway station which gave him his name.

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