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Loveable Kai finds new home

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Friendly Kai finds new home after his plight went viral

An abandoned pooch dubbed Paddington after it was left in a train station tied to a suitcase is starting a new life with a new owner.

Shar-Pei crossbread Kai made headlines around the world after his plight went viral.

The friendly pet was left with the luggage which contained a pillow, toy, food bowl and food on 2 January at Ayr station.

Scottish SPCA workers took him into a rehoming centre where he underwent treatment for an eye condition - thought to be the reason he was first abandoned.

I'm over the moon and very shocked that I was chosen out of everyone who wanted him

Since then hundreds of offers have been made to the Scottish SPCA by people eager to offer him a home.

Ian Russell from Newton Mearns in Glasgow has been chosen as Kai’s new owner.

"I'm over the moon and very shocked that I was chosen out of everyone who wanted him," he said.

"My Dalmatian named Mica passed away just before Christmas and I was left heartbroken. I had her for 15 years and she was the apple of my eye. We pretty much spent 24 hours a day together.

"When I heard about Kai I knew the little guy needed a break but I never thought in a million years I'd get him."

Russell added: "I work all over Scotland, mainly outdoors, driving wherever I'm needed in my van. Kai will come with me and when it's appropriate I'll let him out to run around and play safely while I work.

"Then we'll jump back into the van together and head to the next place. We'll be able to hang out all the time.”

The charity's senior animal care assistant, Alan Grant, said offers had come in from around the world.

"We were overwhelmed by offers of new homes for Kai from places as far away as New York, Los Angeles, France, Spain and even the Philippines," he said.

"Kai's story was really sad and many people likened him to Paddington Bear given he was found alone at a railway station with his suitcase."



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