'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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  1. AmericaLost

    Our neighbors have two male labs, they hump each other all of the time. The fool who gave this dog up doesn't know much, or did not consult his vet. Neutoring the dog with have solved the problem.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mike Hunt

    "Humpty Hump"

    February 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. AmericaLost

    Our neighbors have two male labs, they hump each other all of the time. The fool who gave this dog up doesn't know much, or did not consult his vet. Neutering the dog would have solved the problem.

    (Corrected typos)

    February 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Tish

    "Gay Dog!?!" He just didn't want him! Dogs both male and female hump everything in sight. All animals do. It's part of their nature! I really hate stupid, selfish people! Props to Ms. Frynes for adopting him! As for the idiot who tossed him aside, neuter him! I hope the dog has a wonderful life. BTW, he looks like a Milo to me, (one of my favorite names!)

    February 1, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. DrBobNM

    males dogs have been doing this since dogs were dogs. They use it 1) to show dominance. 2) release, when there isn't a beoch (misspelled, to beat the bots) in heat handy. Despite what the LGBT crowd wants you to think, there is no such thing as a 'gay' dog (unless you mean happy). Owner needs to get educated.

    February 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. PTParks

    Name him "Humpy".

    February 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. commongrounddog

    I think Harvey Milk would be an excellent name.

    February 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Barkin' Barney Frank

    Send him over to my crib–woof, woof!!

    February 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Hayzinga

    Call him Mista Tibbs... but you doesn't hasta call him Mista Johnson.

    February 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Keep It Tight

    What an excellent way for shelters to get attention for "at risk" dogs. The dog and the shelter had a "hunch" that worked!

    February 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Richard A. Durot

    Name him Mr. Liberace.

    February 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jose Herrera

    I would call him queenie

    February 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Suzy-Q

    If I adopted the dog I would name it "LUCKY"

    February 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. scared

    I am afraid the "person associated with a rescue/shelter group" is a PETA member who will immediately euthanize the dog and throw it in a dumpster because "they know best" and it's a pit bull. I hope the media will follow up on this story.

    February 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. RealMan

    Now THAT'S funny!!!!!! Good one Charely!

    February 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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