'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. chica

    That's what happens when dogs are inbred,they become like inbred people....

    February 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Glen

    Sparky
    Don't be gay Sparky!

    February 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mendoza

    If it's neither my dinner nor descendant, why would I want to waste time raising it?

    That dog does look awful meaty!

    February 2, 2013 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Noname

    Male dog will hump anything .

    February 2, 2013 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • tom-ay

      actually male humans will too, but they just cannot talk about it

      February 3, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yu Suk

      It's not that we can't talk about it...it's that we WON'T...

      Personally I like one of my neighbors for that...she's blonde and stacked.

      February 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Minfxbg

    Muhammad , Rosie, Roseanne, Rachel, Barack, Barney, OBinden, Louis (for Farrakhan),

    February 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sarah

    Too bad the article didn't show a picture of the past owner instead of the dog.

    February 4, 2013 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. DL

    Stupid owner! How ridiculous!

    February 6, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. davdunc

    I would name him, "Eagle Scout".

    February 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dino S.

    As someone said in an earlier comment, dogs hump each other for dominance, kinda like human guys wrestling. Anyway, so what is the dog was gay? The owner is a real DB idiot.

    February 7, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. B-wrizzle

    his name if he were mine would be "Fabulous"

    February 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arcadio

      Sir Humps Alot?

      February 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jenni

    Duh! The dog is not gay, he was most likely showing dominance...by 'embarassing' the other dog. Do any of you people ever get in touch with what is going on in the world, besides PEOPLE and electronics. There is more to this world than just our narrow conventional ideas
    .

    February 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • RS

      Debatable.

      February 12, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gay dogs have rights, too

      Oh, is that what being gay is all about.....

      February 14, 2013 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Thanks for saying that, jenni. This guy is obviously a small minded moron who has no clue about dogs' behaviors. He does not deserve this dog, so glad this adorable guy is being adopted – happy new home, little one! Every day it amazes me to unfortunately realize how many ignorant people there are in this country, sad to say that it's reality.

      February 17, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • 001gizmo

      This is the most sensible answer there is. This is a normal thing for an animal to do to show dominance. I guess the "GAY'S" are desperate for anything in nature that they can claim to back up their perverted lifestyle.

      February 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kathy

    The owner should be publicly flogged. And then made to attend classes on dog behavior for six months. And in the meantime community service at his local animal shelter. Yes.

    February 10, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      I could not agree more!

      February 17, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Frank

    I would name him Monty since I know a gay dog named Monty.

    February 12, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dumbfounded

    Our country is toast if this is a news story.

    February 12, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Erin

    Close Call

    February 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
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