'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. Charles

    Idiot dog owner. Male dogs will hump anything when a female in heat is not available. Does not mean the dog is gay at all, but this time this particular dog is alive because it's become so very cool to be "gay" and this case brings more public attention to make gays look so good.

    February 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      It's not "Cool" to be gay. Trust me, I put up with so much hate growing up, and prayed to god to make me like girls, just so I could stop getting beat up. You see more gay people now, because people feel safer coming out. Times have changed and people have become more tolerant of people who aren't exactly the same as them. This dog was rescued because he had touching story, not because he's "gay."

      February 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed

    The idiot owner should have just gotten the dog neutered and that would have been the end of it.

    February 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. earl

    I had a racist dog, do you think all the liberal peta freaks would want to save him or murder him. I loved that dog soooo much. Boy oh boy did he hate poc's (people of color)

    February 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • GreedyGussie

      I've heard of that movie. It was called White Dog.

      February 1, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David

    Unaltered male dogs will hump ANYTHING. That's what unaltered male dogs do ! Get over it

    February 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. barbara

    Dogs, both female and male, will hump other dogs as a sign of dominance. It's actually a very normal thing for dogs to do.

    February 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oldlongdog

      This is the first accurate comment on this story. And for everyone's information, neutered dogs also 'hump' other dogs for the same reason. In fact our 8 month old puppy just tried to hump our two year old lurcher. It has nothing to do with being 'gay' – JHC, what kind of ignorant idiots are these people?

      February 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Esther Irie

      the truth spoken by a knowledgable person. I personally know a person, who saw a man stomp to death a dog because another male dog" humped" it, because he thought it was "gay".Ignorance gone to seed. our shelters are full because of the ignorance of the human race.

      February 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steven Moshlak


    February 1, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. johnnyC

    Is there such a thing as a gay dog?

    February 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Damon F.

    Euthanasia can't be performed on a dog. By definition, euthanasia is the killing of a person. Pathetic usage, CNN. Not even an editor can catch this?

    February 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TakeitDowntown

    Name him CopyCat. since he takes after his owner

    February 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Coni


    February 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. catlover

    All dogs are gay! Now cats, that's a real man's pet!

    February 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honeydog

      Yeah, if you don't mind sharing a house with a creature that patrols the outer circles of hell.

      February 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hanzo

      ....... yeah, and if you don't mind a pet that always craps in the house.

      February 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • willieswarriorpoets

      Cats are triangle faced demons, that steal the breath of children. Get with the program bro.

      February 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minfxbg

      Your post filled with possible one-liners: "...what have you been eating?"

      February 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Cats have a thing for humans, dude. I don't even know the word for that.

      February 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • b4bigbang

      Nah, the cats are all lesbians.

      February 5, 2013 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philster

    Didn't they do this on an episode of South Park a few years ago? I think that dog was called "Sparky."

    February 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dante Murdoch

    Dogs hump to display dominance, the owner is probably in the closet, hes probably one of those losers who wears wwf shirts and camo shorts everyday or maybe a biker poser the possibilities are endless. Poor dog.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArchaicSEAL

      Really? How interestingly stupid your psychology is. Chances are the owner is gay himself and just doesn't want to admit it to himself and the sight of his dog doing the only natural thing dogs do to each other over dominance was too much for him to take.

      February 1, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoName

      Wow! this must be a sensitive subject for ArchaicSeal! Its OK Mr(s). Seal, we all know Closets are for cloths! Your Fabulous clothes! and whether gay or not all dogs go to Heaven!

      February 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minfxbg

      Sounds like you've a lot of experience being dressed on cameo, and being on the bottom.

      February 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. boozwaa

    Name him "Barney Frank"

    February 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      I don't know, he looks more like he's got a "wide stance" to me.

      February 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Charley

    Clark Gaybull

    February 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
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