Tania Murtagh with her toothless, one-eyed dog rat in South
Dunedin. Photo by Peter McIntosh
A pig dog called Rat is missing most of her teeth, an eye
and a toe, but is the complete world to a South Dunedin woman
Tania Murtagh said the 10-year-old staffy cross dog that she
rescued a year ago had most of top teeth removed this month
because they were rotten.
They pair had both undergone medical treatment - Rat had been
to the vet seven times since moving in, including visits for
the removal of the teeth
and treatment for a tumour and a toe, she said.
Miss Murtagh said she had chemotherapy this year and was
battling arthritis and needed money for Rat's mounting vet
A friend had created a page on the Givealittle website and
yesterday $500 of the $980 bill had been raised.
She helped Rat and Rat helped her.
"I find it hard to get down and up, so she will stand beside
me and I can pull myself up on her ... she means the world to
Rat was mistreated after her best hunting days had past and
Rat deserved to live her retirement years in comfort.
The placid dog was scared of the wind, the ocean and polka
dots, she said.
She had tried to rename Rat to Holly but the new name was
dropped when she failed to respond to anything but Rat, she