'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. Badly-Bent

    At least he is not into inter-species fornication! Or is he?

    February 1, 2013 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. paul

    the stupidity.... the stupidity...

    February 1, 2013 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. StratStrummer

    Anderson....or ........Cooper

    February 1, 2013 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. EricNYC

    Never ceases to amaze me how small minded and stupid people are in this country...

    February 1, 2013 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. ron

    Apparently the guy doesn't know very much about dogs. Males, AND females, will, at various times, hump each other, people, whatever floats their boat! It does not even matter if they are neutered. It is the way of things. Many other creatures do this as well.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. JC skol

    How about Gaylord

    February 1, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. 9thAmendment

    The owner should be put to sleep.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Petercha

      Hate much, 9th?

      February 1, 2013 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. MarkinFL

    Then the owner is a fool. Its like complaining that his dog pees on trees.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. Trey Mck

    The guy doesn't understand dog behavior. Male and female dogs will do that to each other to establish hierarchy; in other words, the "gay" dog was asserting himself as top dog.
    Either way, such a clueless individual shouldn't have the responsibility of a dog anyway.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheesh!

      Well said, Trey.

      February 1, 2013 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. 9thAmendment

    We should rename the owner Target Practice.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • JoJo

      I love it. You rock.

      February 1, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Petercha

      Wow, hate much, 9th?

      February 1, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Excellent idea!

      February 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thenextstep

    Anyone that thinks a dog is gay should be neutered or spayed, so no more idiots come from that line of thinking......

    February 1, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. 9thAmendment

    I think the Owner was just Jealous!

    February 1, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. DocHollywood

    It's unfortunate that the wrong animal went to the animal shelter. But then again, perhaps they required an iq to take an animal in, and the human didn't pass.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ozzie

    Well he is from Tennessee so that explains a lot.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Boo

    Figures.....Tennessee....where the average IQ is in single digits.

    February 1, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
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