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Manchester Dogs' Home operates on hermaphrodite dog

Georgie
Image caption Georgie has been at Manchester Dogs' Home since mid-August

A hermaphrodite dog has undergone surgery to make her female and boost the chances of her finding a new home.

Manchester Dogs' Home said the condition was putting people off homing Georgie, a stray Staffordshire bull terrier cross.

Manager Lisa Graham said: "Georgie received a lot of interest but when people found out she had both male and female organs they backed away."

Now Georgie has had her male organs removed they are hoping to re-home her.

Manchester Dogs' Home, based in Harpurhey, met the costs of the operation but wanted to do the procedure once the dog was settled in a home.

'Soft and sweet'

"We told people we were happy to fund it but they still weren't interested," said Mrs Graham.

"She is a very soft and sweet dog and would make a lovely pet."

The manager of the charity said Georgie, who has been at the kennels since mid-August and is believed to be aged between one and two, had "recovered well" from surgery.

She said hermaphrodite dogs were "very rare, especially in cross breeds".

Mike Venables, the vet who performed the surgery on Georgia last month, has only come across one other case of the condition in more than 30 years.

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