Appeal to pay for hermaphrodite dog’s vital surgery
AFAMILY hopes to raise £2,500 for an operation to potentially save the life of their hermaphrodite pug.
Her owner Dean Brazil, of Princess Elizabeth Way, only found out eightmonth-old crossbreed dog Nala had both male and female genitalia after he bought her.
Mr Brazil, a 38-year-old father-ofseven, has been told the dog’s penis must be removed to prevent serious infections.
Insurance firm Direct Line has refused to pay for the operation because the condition predates the family’s insurance premium on Nala – so Mr Brazil has launched a fundraiser.
The retail supervisor said: “Nala is a loving, loyal and likeable dog that has captured our hearts.
“She loves to cuddle up with our children and play ball. She is a warm, friendly pup that has become my fouryear-old daughter Sienna’s best friend.”
Mr Brazil bought Nala for £500 on July 22, because his wife Emma wanted another pug.
The family also has a one-year-old crossbreed Pixie.
He said: “We got Nala from a friend of a friend, whose child is autistic and couldn’t cope with having a dog.”
The day after purchase, the family took out an insurance premium for £266.56 per year, covering both Pixie and Nala.
Mrs Brazil took Nala to the vet for a check-up on July 26, after noticing something red by her private parts.
It turned out to be a penis – despite Nala also having a vagina and ovaries.
“When my wife came back from the vet, she said, ‘You are not going to believe it,’” Mr Brazil recalled.
“She told me Nala was a hermaphrodite and it didn’t register. I thought ‘what the hell is that?’
“When my wife explained it, I said, ‘You have got to be joking me.’ I was quite shocked.”
The vet told Mrs Brazil a dog like Nala is “one in a million” and decided a spay was necessary to keep Nala healthy. This cost the family £162.
When the ovaries were removed, they were found to be made up of testicular-like tissue.
Nala’s penis makes her susceptible to infections, but an operation to remove could cost up to £2,500.
Mr Brazil said: “I can’t afford it. I have seven children.”
Mr Brazil says his children, aged four to 21, adore Nala. The family sees her as a female.
“We would never want to get rid of her,” Mr Brazil said. “She’s beautiful, so laid-back and friendly. She’s a lovable dog.”
A spokesman for the firm said: “Our pet insurance policies apply a 14-day illness exclusion period from the start date of the pet being covered, meaning that any illness, disease or condition the pet may have or have contracted prior to taking the policy out is not covered.
“Even though Nala’s treatment happened after the start date of the cover and her owners were unaware of the condition, it existed before the cover was bought.
“While we understand Mr Brazil’s frustration, this is not an uncommon exclusion or condition of UK pet insurance policies.”
To donate to the fundraiser visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dean-brazil-1 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean Brazil and family pet Nala