'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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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Jim

    I just don't see the need for dogs. We don't need more dumb animals all around us. We already have liberals for that.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank albert

      Dogs are about the best things on this planet. I agree we don't need more liberals, but dogs are smarter than most people.

      February 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pack123

    There is a Black dog syndrome. People are less likely to adopt a black dog. Not because there prejudices but because people prefer a dog with more color or they have a misconception that black dogs tend to be more aggressive.

    Owner of a big black dog named Buddy.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh

      It's the shedding. Black dog hair in an unsightly pile. White dog hair and you can never wear black pants. Shades of brown, blends in. More a housekeeping and grooming issue of the humans.

      February 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Uh, the dog pictured is clearly not a black dog...

      February 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bigkurt27

    Wow this is insanity. you have to even have to agree with being gay to understand that dogs do this kind of stuff. they are just being dog. this is beyond, its absolute stupidity

    February 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LizzyV

    This news is priceless.
    Well done CNN!
    The dog's name should be
    UNDERDOG:-)
    Keep up the good work CNN! Please follow up this story. And the one about the birds. Yay!

    February 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. snouts

    A sinner is a sinner, make no bones about it!!

    February 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. krkhgkzcy

    a) educate the previous owner, or limit his toys if he proves to be of inefficient intelligence

    b) euthanize the previous owner (that sounds like more fun!

    February 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    The dog should be named Thumper

    February 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TMazgal

    I don't believe that is why the owner dumped him I think it was something like allergies or some sort of medical treatment he doesn't want to pay for so he tossed the dog. Heartless SOB

    February 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kcm

    How many bullets in the dog's magazine?....

    February 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Officer

      Can't say I wouldn't dump the dog too. But, MOST male dogs do that sometimes as a dominance thing and isn't necessarily related to his "orientation". Nothing here reveals the cause of the behavior

      February 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cynical Disbelief

    I think Anderson Cooper picked this story. I say: PULITZER!

    February 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. caleejr

    It says he got rid of the animal After the event – not BECAUSE of the event.
    don't be so quick to jump to conclusions to assume That is the reason he ditched the dog.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. supershwa

    Sparky, sit. Good dog.

    Lie down. Good boy.

    Now...don't be gay!

    February 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. obviousISradical

    Gawker is an toilet rag of exaggeration and hyper sensationalistic irrationality. The fact that some of their sister publications like Lifehacker have any relevant positive information or data is merely a coincidence.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 1608®

    someone reading this knows this (--), fill in the blanks. GET HIM HELP.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Papa Gigo

    Not that there's anything wrong with being gay (there isn't), but just because the dog humped another male dog doesn't make the dog gay; alot of animals do that because they want to show dominance or because any port in a storm is a good one.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gparker

      Does that mean that humans, an animal, try to display dominance by being gay?

      February 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
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