Ap­peal to pay for her­maph­ro­dite dog’s vi­tal surgery

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By CONOR GOG­A­RTY

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 conor.gog­a­rty@reach­plc.com

Dean Brazil and fam­ily pet Nala

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