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Sex reassignment surgery saves puppy's life

August 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A stray pomeranian puppy was recovering from gender reassignment surgery Friday in San Bernardino.The dog, named Red, was found wandering the city streets. He was born with partially formed male and female reproductive organs, though he is genetically a male.

According to the Press Enterprise, Red needed surgery to prevent infection and reduce the risk of developing cancer, or faced being euthanized.

A woman's donation allowed for the dog to undergo a $1,165 gender reassignment surgery.

Sharon Blechinger, director of the Helping Every Animal League, who donated the money out of her own pocket, arranged for a foster home for Red following the surgery.

The puppy is now said to be healthy and waiting to be adopted.

If you would like to help with the cost of Red's surgery or would like to adopt him, you can contact HEAL at 909-436-8065.