'Gay' dog gets euthanasia reprieve
The Facebook page of TN Euthanasia said this dog was given up because its owner considered it gay.
January 31st, 2013
10:48 PM ET

'Gay' dog gets euthanasia reprieve

A dog whose rejection by his owner caused an Internet uproar has been adopted into a new, and presumably more tolerant, home.

The male pit bull mix, whose name no one seems to know, was left at the Madison County, Tennessee, Rabies Control animal shelter, CNN affiliate WBBJ reported.

According to the irreverent website Gawker, Facebook users had a hissy fit Wednesday when they found out the dog's owner got rid of the animal after he (the dog, not the owner) humped another male dog.

"His owner threw him away (because) he refuses to have a 'gay' dog!" a Facebook user named TN Euthanasia wrote.

The post went semi-viral, with 861 likes, 1,869 comments and 5,048 shares. After Gawker told the rest of the digital world about it, noting that the dog was in imminent danger of being put down, the shelter was swamped with calls offering to adopt the uncloseted canine.

By Thursday morning, shelter workers confirmed to WBBJ that the amorous animal had been adopted by a person associated with a rescue/shelter group.

What would you name this dog if you adopted him? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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Filed under: Animals • Dogs • Facebook • Gay and lesbian • Tennessee • U.S.
soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    This has got to be one of the silliest things I ever heard...I have seen dogs hump a sofa...does that mean the dog has a sofa fetish?

    January 31, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    This is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard. Why don't they euthanize the former owner.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Iamrightyouarewrong

    I bet his owner called him peanut butter.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      HA !

      February 1, 2013 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @cnn, get rid of the post that Kenny Rogers posted under my name!

      February 1, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. RevNowWhileWeCan

    Now that's funny............
    Wassup my peoples? Just passing by. 😀

    January 31, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RevNowWhileWeCan

    Piers Morgan..

    January 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Poltergliest

    I do say, Watson, the frequency of headlines in this dinural course seems to be lacking this morn.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO

    Let me guess. This guy has never been to the dog park.

    Dogs do this often around other dogs. It is an attempt to dominate. It is NOT an attempt to get it on. Even fixed dogs will do this.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      and female dogs too... now that's funny!

      February 1, 2013 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Dogs do anything that feels good, and they will do it in public.
    Not all dogs are born smarter than most human beings, but one CNN journalist's purple Southern prose published early yesterday was more poorly written than some parakeets' dark-and-stormy-night speeches.

    February 1, 2013 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jay in NC

    This is a publicity stunt. What difference does it make if the dog is gay or not. Why should it be saved and not the others.

    February 1, 2013 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. sas

    I am sure the owner was just trying to be funny and the whole story got blown out of proportion. More than likely, the place he dropped the dog off at had gay employees and the owner was just trying to get a rise out of them. If I had to guess, that is a more likely scenario.

    February 1, 2013 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mohammad

    Pitty the fools who try to find validation to their deviant paranormal bevahviors thru silly stories like this one.

    February 1, 2013 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Mind reading, speaking to the dead, psychokinetic abilities, dog hum.ping......

      I agree, a pretty silly idea...

      February 1, 2013 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. StayinAlive

    Gay and a pit bull? Two reasons to put it out of its misery.

    February 1, 2013 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
    • BillyBob

      truer words have never been spoken.

      February 1, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lord buckingham. III

    this story has already been confirmed as a hoax by that group of people that love making "news story hoaxes" and see if the MSM will pick it up.

    a win is if the story makes it all around the world

    February 1, 2013 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jed

    It's Tn. Nothing more to say.

    February 1, 2013 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. anne

    What more should we expect from one of the states where family trees have no branches.....What on earth is the IQ of people living there....5? In thsi day and age it just shows how bigoted and totally without education this state is.

    February 1, 2013 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
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