'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. Gparker

    Alen Colmes

    February 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Manlyman

    How about Maurice?

    February 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    Why didn't the original owner just neuter the dog? That's what they do to gays in Obama-backed Egypt and it seems to be working fine for them.

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

    Name the dog alien Allen.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nevada edwards

    call him humpy

    February 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. billy joe jim bob

    Send the dog to Big Gay Als Big Gay Animal Farm.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phej

    Why not rename this dog after the dog that humped Clint Eastwood's leg in the Eiger Sanction?

    February 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Brandon

    People are idiots, the owner should be humped by the dog. The dog isnt gay all male and female dogs try to mate with each other it shows dominance. ESPECIALLY in young dogs.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LORI

    the owner doent deserve any animal.... creep

    February 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ConservativeRedneck

      CNN is low in ratings?

      February 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CK

    How on Earth is this news?

    February 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jane mott

    How about "Pride" for a name?

    February 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • BillyBob

      What on Earth could a pervert, where human or animal take pride in?

      February 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smart Alex

      What has 16 breasts but only 15 teeth? Answer: The adult women-folk in BiilyBob's household

      February 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rupert

    Maybe the dog isn't gay, maybe he is only bark-curious.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ann


    February 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      My dog (Male) does this all the time to my cat (male). What is the big deal...Both my companion, 4-footed animals
      are neutered.

      February 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sally

      Dogs do this all the time to other dogs and cats. It is a dominance thing. They are just trying to show they are the alpha dog. I doubt seriously if the dog is gay. What a moron of a person who would get rid of their pet because of this.

      February 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MP

    This story is the same as celebrity death hoaxes. Someone posted somewhere the owner got rid of it because it's gay and humped another dog and it went viral. Doesn't mean its true...but sure does push an agenda.
    BTW, Tony Danza just died.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephan Gregor

      Pushing an Agenda? You sound like one of my neighbors, who can't seem to talk about any issue at all without finding commies under the bed, so to speak. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a story just a story.

      February 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clearly

      You are correct – the media is running this story to push an agenda. It's not really even newsworthy. The man has every right to put his Pit Bull down, or give it away, for any reason. Maybe if pets did not outnumber children (4 to 1) in America, our economy would not be so poor.
      The LGBT clique wants you to think that animals can be gay (remember The Otters?), but here calls the dog owner an "idiot" who is "too stupid to live" for thinking just that. Take PRIDE in your ignorance and hypocrisy.

      February 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JimmmyTheKnife


    February 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • BillyBob

      Don't you mean Bwuce?

      February 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
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