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Dog owes life to butts!

The common belief that tobacco kills may not hold true in this case, as a 22-year-old Dachshund owes his long life to cigarettes.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 17:59 IST

The common belief that tobacco kills may not hold true in this case, as a 22-year-old Dachshund owes his long life to cigarettes.

Wolfgang Treitler, from Graz, says his dog General Edi has been munching his way through 10 cigarettes a day for years.

His old owner abandoned him and so we took him in 17 years ago, and noticed straight away that he was in the habit of eating cigarettes," Treitler was quoted by Ananova, as saying.

"He eats the tobacco and the paper, and then chews a while on the filter before spitting it out. On average he eats about 10 cigarettes a day, but all of his teeth are fine and he is as fit as a puppy, even though he turned 22 this week," he added.

"Nicotine normally leads to poisoning in dogs, but in this case the animal has obviously become addicted to it which has increased its level of tolerance," Local vet Harald Mayr said.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 17:59 IST