'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. scmtns

    Sounds completely made-up to me.

    February 1, 2013 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jules

    just when you think Americans cant be any more ignorant....

    February 1, 2013 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. S

    This guy should be banned from owning any pets, he is obviously a total moron and knows nothing about animal behavior. Also, odds are good he is hiding in some sort of closet himself.

    February 1, 2013 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sccoast

    Don't believe it! Dogs know better.

    February 1, 2013 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. David

    This happened in Tennessee, where everybody is related to everybody else....

    That banjo player in "Deliverance" was probably raised in Tennessee.

    Yeeee Haaaaa!

    February 1, 2013 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • BillyBob

      You no doubt were raised in san francisco.

      February 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ellid

    Male dogs having relations is common. It's a form of dominance behavior. The original owner sounds like an idiot.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brian from DC

    Honestly, people are so hateful in this country. They breathe nasty politics into everything.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. brooke

    Oh well. At least the dog got a good home. I hope the 'thousands' of calls coming in decided to adopt a different dog, gay or not.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. clarke

    Wow, this is some story. Dog owner doesn't know much about dogs, They will hump anything, makes no difference the gender. Go live on a farm for a while.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Trent Chambers

    Did his dog also bark with a lisp?

    February 1, 2013 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bear Manly

    so......the shelter doesn't know who the owner was, and they didn't ask the owner the dog's name, and we're supposed to believe the shelter knew the reason the dog was left at the shelter?

    sounds like someone at the shelter made up a story.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      reading is fundamental...

      February 1, 2013 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rich 3

    southern education.And they want less funding for schools?

    February 1, 2013 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • BillyBob

      All the funding in the world wouldn't make any difference for an idiot like you.

      February 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Candy S.

    He looks like a 'Valentine' to me.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Male dogs do this to show dominance over another dog. Nothing to do with which side of they plate they swing from!!

      February 1, 2013 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. likdis


    February 1, 2013 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. kj9

    What's really sad is that there are people out there that actually think like that.

    February 1, 2013 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
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