'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. ...EriK

    For what it's worth... A Army buddy of mine who grew up on a farm having livestock had told me that when one bull mounts another bull, it's the bull getting mounted, if any, would be the one considered "gay." He said that the bull was giving off the scent of a female, and that the bull doing the mounting was just reacting to it.

    February 1, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Nick

    Gaga's letter was quite civil and complimentary. Sharon is being somewhat of a pompous twit, albeit a loving and protective mother, and Kelly is obviously hiding under mother's wing and sticking her tongue out at the world like a spoiled, wealthy child. That's 'calling it like I sees it". There's a difference between bullying and pointing out that someone is being a bully or a twit.

    February 1, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nick

      Whoops wrong article. ROFL

      February 1, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Judy

    That owner should not be allowed to own any animals! Glad the dog got a new home...

    February 1, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jsmith

    Glad the dog will live.

    February 1, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. TheAntiChrist

    I bet if he was complete (wasn't neutered) and they put a female dog in front of him he would show just how gay he is.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. harrisonhits2

    This is very common in the animal world not just with dogs. That someone would discard this dog for that reason is pathetic. What a sad and ignorant excuse for a human being they are.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. ssafford1

    Once again, CNN continues to report the most up to date and important breaking news.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. huh

    Glad the owner gave him up rather than killing him outright for bring a sinner. I am trying to imaging the day his son comes out.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JS

      I'll bet the dog's former owner plays for the 49ers...

      February 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sally Hendricks

    Dogs hump anything, legs, whatever. Anybody with dogs knows that. So why is this a story?

    February 1, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Captain Obvious

      ...and they'll do it even after they have been castrated. They're dogs.

      February 1, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • CARider

      To show just how stupid some people can be. And, just maybe, to find a new home for a beautiful dog that deserved better than what he had – a moronic owner.

      February 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cece

    I've had dogs that humped anything that moved (and some things that didn't). It didn't make them 'gay'; it made them wh*re hounds! That owner is a goof. The dog is better off with a family that loves him no matter what.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. J Walker

    CNN sticking to the BIG stories as usual.

    February 1, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. frank albert

    Name the dog Barny Frank

    February 1, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. keen411

    the owner is a moron. Dogs hump as a dominance issue.....the humper is top dog ...50 lashes by cesar milan

    February 1, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • paula

      you are correct, and his name should be alpha

      February 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dawn

    I'd name him Rainbow. Hahaha!!! JK lol!

    February 1, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. veebonair

    I would name the dog rainbow

    February 1, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
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