An animal rescue group in Detroit thinks it has the perfect therapy dog for transgender people – a dog with both sex organs.
The rare hermaphrodite dog, named Cody, turned up at the city pound and then was moved to a no-kill rescue group, Detroit Dog Rescue.
Cody (above) is a rare hermaphrodite dog who is sick but currently getting the best of care at a Detroit animal hospital – the rescue group who saved the pup hopes it can be a therapy dog for transgender teens
Upon inspection, the shelter realized the dog had both sex organs.
‘It is very, very rare,’ executive director Kristina Rinaldi told CBS Detroit of the pup’s dual sex organs. ‘I haven’t seen it in my rescue career.’
The silvery-gray pit bull mix came to the rescue group with a severe case of pneumonia. It is now being treated at a vet.
Cody came to the shelter malnourished and skinny – but the staff soon realized the dog was very special
The shelter hopes that until Cody is adopted, the special pooch can make appearances at events or speeches geared towards helping transgenders.
Cody, says Rinaldi, could offer emotional support to those also dealing with issues of gender.
‘Cody is a very loving dog and I’m hoping Cody will be able to help young adults with a similar situation in the future. It’s definitely something I’m looking into, Cody has an important purpose,’ Rinaldi said on the group’s Facebook wall.
‘We want to reach out to Affirmations in Ferndale and maybe we can use Cody as an example that there’s nothing wrong with you, it’s not strange, it happens to the best animals and the best people … Maybe Cody can help some other people deal with some feelings they may be dealing with,’ Rinaldi told CBS Detroit.
The shelter’s vet has consulted with a reproductive specialist to see if the pup needs to be spayed or neutered – or both.
Right now, however, the shelter’s main focus is getting Cody healthy. Donations for the pup’s care can be made at Detroit Dog Rescue.