By Chris P. Janelli,
Commentary by Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman
The headline “Dog Dumped at Train Station With Suitcase” has very likely gone viral among animal lovers and welfare organizations, and I have no doubt that dozens if not hundreds of people have already volunteered to adopt the 2-3 year old shar-pei named Kai found “at a Scottish train station next to a suitcase filled with his belongings,” according to Scottish SPCA Inspector Stewart Taylor. In Scotland, it’s an offense to abandon an animal.
Kai’s suitcase reportedly contained a dog bowl, food, a pillow and toy; the dog’s name Kai was learned through his microchip, which took the investigation back to the original owner who sold the dog in 2013, but that owner (perhaps s/he was the breeder?) did not have any information on the new owner.
Chris P. Janelli is a Director of The Simon Foundation, Inc., one of Connecticut’s largest no kill animal rescue and adoption shelters; and the Executive Director of the Foundations’ Center for Canine Behavior Studies whose mission is “To maintain the behavioral wellness of dogs and strengthen the human-companion animal bond to ensure that dogs remain in their owners’ home as trusted and valued companions for life.” Chris is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America.
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