Rare Hermaphrodite Dog Finds Forever Home With Defender Of LGBT Rights

The young Pit Bull mix was abandoned at the Detroit Dog Rescue in Michigan last month.

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Cody, who was born with both male and female genitalia, has been adopted. Via Detroit Dog Rescue/Facebook
Cody, who was born with both male and female genitalia, has been adopted. Via Detroit Dog Rescue/Facebook

“You’ve got your mother in a whirl,” David Bowie sang. “‘Cause she’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl.”

Those lines are from “Rebel Rebel,” but a very special dog might be getting a new Bowie-inspired name to go with his brand new home. Cody, the hermaphrodite dog who was abandoned at the Detroit Dog Rescue last month, has been adopted, the Detroit Free Press reports.

After hearing Cody’s story and how the shelter had never taken in a hermaphrodite dog before, Michigan attorney Dana Nessel swiftly scheduled a time when she could go meet the gray Pit Bull mix. It was love at first sight, and Cody seems to have found the perfect home, in a number of ways.

“We really wanted to go with somebody that understood him,” the shelter’s executive director Kristina Rinaldi told the Free Press. “And it was just amazing with Dana’s background and her fighting so hard for gay, lesbian, transgender rights, that this was just the perfect fit.”

Staff members at the Michigan shelter had never seen a dog like Cody. Via Detroit Dog Rescue/Facebook

Staff members at the Michigan shelter had never seen a dog like Cody before. Via Detroit Dog Rescue/Facebook

In the courtroom, Nessel took on the state of Michigan and its then-ban on same-sex marriage, arguing all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. She was fighting on behalf of two Michigan nurses who were not allowed to adopt each other’s children due to the state’s ban on gay marriage; the Free Press reports that one Supreme Court Justice cited the couple during his opinion that led to legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. (The two women were married last August, and successfully adopted each other’s children in November).

Cody will now be living with Nessel, her wife, their twin 12-year-olds and two cats.

“I’m not really certain what we refer to the dog as, pronoun-wise,” she told the newspaper. “We’ll work on that.”

But if she gets her way, CBS Detroit reports Cody might have an entirely new, gender-neutral name: She wants to call him Ziggy Stardust.

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