A HERMAPHRODITE pooch that was discovered abandoned in Galway just before Christmas is to be sent to the UK to find a new home.
The pup, nicknamed 'He/She' when its unusual predicament was discovered, is on a waiting list to be sent to England because homes for lurchers – a sighthound half-breed – are not readily available in Ireland.
Now answering to 'Molly', the pup has already won the heart of an animal lover in New Mexico, USA, who offered her a home.
However, a considerably shorter trip to the UK is now on the cards.
"We got an email from this lady, offering her a home in New Mexico if none were available here.
"I wrote back thanking her but pointed out that it wasn't really practical to send a dog to the States," said Emma O'Brien of the Galway Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The pup is currently living with Ms O'Brien, who added: "She's doing great. She won't be spayed until she's six or seven months old but she may move to the UK before that.
"She's just a normal little girl, bold as anything but she's just flying it. We don't want people thinking she's some sort of freak dog because she's not, she's a little girl," she added.
When Molly was brought to the GSPCA facility, staff initially thought the pup had a hernia. There were stunned to discover the pooch had both male and female organs, an extremely rare occurrence.
While the pup will be raised as female, she will have to be both spayed and neutered.
Ms O'Brien added that she'd be delighted if a home became available for Molly here but warned it would have to be "the right fit".
Molly is now on a waiting list to go to one of two animal charities in the UK which take a large number of lurchers and greyhounds from Ireland for rehousing.