'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. JoJo

    I would name the dog second chance

    February 1, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lex

    Male dogs do that to show a sign of dominance over another male dog. It's a very common thing and just about every dog owner knows this.

    Dog breeds that are more prone to be aggressive display this type of behavior a lot more than others.

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

      Those of us with at least an ounce of sense would know this. Then there are the backward, ignorant types...

      February 1, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Seriously?

      Absolutely correct. Finally someone who posts comments AND has common sense, intelligence and write well. Bravo!

      February 1, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • dc

      Female dogs do the same thing. I have 3 female dogs and one does it to another one from time to time. It amazes me how stupid people can be sometimes instead of doing a little research and homework.

      February 1, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      Thank you Lex for stating the facts. I kills me how someone can own a dog, especially a male dog, and not know this.

      February 1, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |

    That would have geen a good start.

    February 1, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. EarlGrayHot

    What a moron.

    February 1, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. OrganicManLives_N_anOraganicUNiverSE

    Call him "Opi" for opportunist.

    February 1, 2013 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Italbear

    Since most pitbull owners are macho gang member wannabees who use their dogs as hormone replacement therapy, I'm not surprised by this story...

    February 1, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dianne

    I believe it was the real reason, people leave their pets at shelters and dump them on the road, 100's everyday for reasons more unbelievable then this. Glad the dog was saved!!!!!!!!!!

    February 1, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. druck

    I bet he would still eat a chick filet sandwich. It is nice to see he did find a home.

    February 1, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. brian

    I dunno I'm gay and I think that's kinda funny đŸ™‚

    February 1, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. DDenver


    February 1, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. birdbrain


    February 1, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. fiftyfive55

    animals arent gay,they will DO anything warm,oh then maybe that makes gays animals

    February 1, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. R E

    Wow, this is news?

    February 1, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. jan

    So happy the dog was rescued. the abuse that happens to pit bulls and other animals is beyond my comprehension.
    The owner must be truly brilliant.
    Name the dog Einstein because compared to his owner the dog is much smarter.
    I have a male dog and he will do that at times to other male dogs.
    In this case ignorance is not bliss but then again it is for the dog.
    May he have a long, safe , happy doggy life.

    February 1, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jake

    So did the dog make a lifestyle change or was this act in his "nature"? I God going to punish the dog now that he "chose" to be gay? Oh right.....GOD made him that way.

    February 1, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
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