Rescue shelter's stray dog has second mouth where ear should be

Rescue shelter's stray dog has second mouth where ear should be
Photo credit: Pen News/Heather Hernandez

A rescue shelter has discovered a stray dog with a second mouth growing where her ear should be.

The five-year-old mutt, Toad, arrived at the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare shelter as a stray.

She was then taken to Mutt Misfits, a nearby rescue centre for animals with extreme medical needs when it was discovered she had the unusual second mouth growing on the side of her head. 

"Immediately we recognized that she was very different to most dogs," the charity's founder, and Toad's owner, Heather Hernandez told Oklahoma News 4. 

The clinic's veterinarian originally thought she had an extra ear but, upon closer examination, they found it was a mouth that has teeth and produces saliva. 

Rescue shelter's stray dog has second mouth where ear should be
Photo credit: Pen News/Heather Hernandez

The second mouth doesn't cause Toad that much pain apart from some discomfort due to cracked teeth. 

"The main teeth, the ones you see primarily, they are connected to her skull, so we leave them," Ms Hernandez says. 

Toad doesn't hear or smell very well as everything is realigned but other than that she is normal functioning dog. 

Rescue shelter's stray dog has second mouth where ear should be
Photo credit: Pen News/Heather Hernandez

"Just because an animal doesn't look perfect, it can still make a perfect pet and a perfect part of the family," she said.

Toad has to have her mouth on the side of her head cleaned out at night otherwise the drool would stick to her fur.

But Ms Hernandez said she doesn't mind going the extra mile to make sure her furry friend is happy and healthy.

"Toad came into my life at the exact time that I needed her, and she has brought me infinite joy and happiness."

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