KAI the dog, who was abandoned at Ayr station sparking thousands of adoption offers from across the globe, was the victim of a sale gone wrong, it has emerged.
According to the Daily Record, the shar-pei crossbreed - whose real name is Pluto - had been the subject of a £400 sale.
But when Fin Rayner turned up at the station to buy the dog after seeing an advert on Gumtree, she claimed that the dog was not the same one pictured on the website.
She said: “I went to buy a dog but the dog was not the same as the picture advertised.
“I went to Ayr to buy the dog. The guy rushed out with a food chest and lead on the dog. But I could see there was something up because [the dog] was very skinny.
“I said I wanted to take the dog for a walk, so he asked me for £150 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.”
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Ms Rayner had travelled from Aberdeenshire with her nine-year-old daughter after seeing the dog advertised on Gumtree.
And she said she panicked as she had to get the last train home to Aberdeen.
She told the Record: “I thought I’d take the dog to Aberdeen but my son phoned and said the photo from the advert 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.”
Ms Rayner insists that she made sure the dog was safe before leaving.
The Scottish SPCA have been caring for Kai since he was left at the station, and have been inundated with adoption offers from all over the world.
More than £2500 has been raised in order to help the animal welfare charity look after him following an appeal as he awaits an operation on his eye.
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