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Murray the ugly dog finally finds a forever home after he was dumped on a beach and abandoned because he was so hideous

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/6/2018 Charlie Moore For Mailonline
a dog standing on grass: Survivor: Murray the Weimaraner contracted distemper, a virus that is fatal to most dogs as it affects their respiratory and nervous symptoms © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Survivor: Murray the Weimaraner contracted distemper, a virus that is fatal to most dogs as it affects their respiratory and nervous symptoms

A dog that can't keep his tongue inside his mouth because of a deadly virus has been adopted after a vet decided not to euthanize him because he wagged his tail moments before the lethal injection.  

As a puppy, Murray the Weimaraner contracted distemper, a virus that kills most dogs by destroying their respiratory and nervous symptoms.

He was dumped on a beach known as Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico where hundreds of animals are left for dead every year.

Murray was rescued by canine charity The Sato Project and transported to US mainland to be adopted.

Murray was due to be euthanized but the vet saw him wag his tail decided to treat him. Sadly two of Murray's siblings did not survive.

Due to the virus, Murray now has no teeth, causing his tongue to flop out of his mouth.

a dog sitting in the grass: He was dumped on a beach known as Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico where hundreds of animals are left for dead every year © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He was dumped on a beach known as Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico where hundreds of animals are left for dead every year

He also has bone deformation that makes him look a little different. But this didn't stop him from being adopted by Mackenzie Gallant and her family. 

a person holding a dog: Murray and his owner Mackenzie who said his long tongue is his 'cutest feature'

Murray and his owner Mackenzie who said his long tongue is his 'cutest feature'
© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

She said: 'The signature tongue out is just the cutest thing, and his crooked features, if you look at his face closely you notice his ears aren't aligned right on his head. 'His quirks make him even cuter and more special.' 

The pooch is now happily living in Massachusetts with his human and canine family. Murray's human sister, Mackenzie, set up an Instagram account for the unusual pup - to raise awareness of the condition and the importance of adoption.

She said: 'We made his Instagram when I left for college for friends and family to follow but over the past year he has gained a lot of followers and helped raise awareness of rescue dogs, The Sato Project and distemper.' 

The pup has gained quite the following which his owner says proves that being different is also beautiful. 

Mackenzie said: 'Murray is so special because of his personality, he is a survivor and has no idea anything is wrong with him and is always happy and wagging his tail. 

He does and tries to do everything with his doggy siblings. 'We can't imagine our lives without Murray and are grateful to The Sato Project, and all that they do for the unwanted dogs in Puerto Rico.'

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