DETROIT, MI – Cody is a Pit Bull mix that was picked up by the city’s animal control service on January 12th and arrived at the Detroit Dog Rescue. Despite of the fact Cody was labeled as male, further examination revealed the dog had both male and female external sex organs – a rare form of canine hermaphroditism.
Cody was underweight and showed signs of distemper so he was taken to Greenfield Animal Hospital to get treated. Hoping to place him/her up for adoption, sterilization was scheduled – a usual procedure before placing animals up for adoption. In Cody’s case he/she will be both spayed and neutered. The surgery will be performed by a reproductive specialist and it may bring more answers towards Cody’s condition.
The director of Detroit Dog Rescue, Kristina Rinaldi, said that once Cody is healthy and the surgery is performed, he/she will have to pass some requirements to become a therapy dog. She wants Cody to help transgender teens with the acceptance and understanding of their identity. For that she will contact Affirmations in Ferndale, a comunity center in Detroit for LGBT young people.
She says Cody will live a full and normal life and she hopes he/she will help people live the same way: knowing nothing is wrong with them. You can help Detroit Dog Rescue by donating some money to help with Cody’s medical bills. You just need to follow this link. You can also visit their website and their Facebook page to inquire more about Cody.