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Dumped dog inspires marathon run


Thursday February 4th 2016

A shar pei-crossbreed who was dumped at a train station has inspired his new owner to run a marathon for charity this spring. Kai was abandoned at Ayr railway station in January last year with only a case containing his bowl, food, pillow and toy for company.

The Scottish SPCA animal welfare group rescued him. Now 13 months later Ian Russell is giving back something to the charity which gave him his pet by running a race in aid of it.

Kai's story went viral, with dog lovers the world over offering him a home. Offers came from the Philippines and New York, among other far-flung places.

Mr Russell, from the East Renfrewshire town of Newton Mearns, says Kai is helping him get ready for April's London Marathon. The 53-year-old engineer says the pair are recognised wherever they go, whether hillwalking, running or going to work.

Mr Russell says he feels like he has won the lottery by claiming Kai, who he says pulls faces whenever the pooch thinks he is leaving without him. Would-be sponsors can visit Mr Russell's Just Giving page or they can text KAIX99 to 70070 then enter their chosen sum.

Copyright Press Association 2016