Gender Reassignment Surgery Saves Dog
BY Advocate.com Editors
August 08 2010 1:30 PM ET
A Pomeranian puppy born with partially formed male and female reproductive organs has been saved from euthanasia after undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
Red the Pomeranian would have been put to sleep, but a woman donated the $1,100 needed to pay for the lifesaving surgery.
"I just felt he was a very adoptable dog," Sharon Blechinger, director of the Helping Every Animal League, told The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif.
Red was taken into the shelter after he was found roaming the streets in San Bernardino. Genetically male, a shelter supervisor says Red was born with partially formed male and female organs.
Red is recovering from the surgery in a temporary home, after which Blechinger will help to arrange for his adoption.
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