A pit bull-mix was dropped off at a Tennessee animal shelter because, according to his guardian, he’s “gay.” The man said he’d seen his dog mounting another male dog.
Whether the dog is gay or was engaging in typical dominance behavior or was just playing is hardly the issue. All you can conclude about someone who would behave like this toward his dog is that such a man is very deeply troubled about his own identity.
The shelter planned to kill the dog this afternoon, but after the story was posted on Facebook, the news was quickly shared among (by noon local time today) 4,485 people. The posting read:
Jackson TN Euthanasia
This guy was signed over to RC, not bc he’s mean or bc he tears things up, but because… His owner says he’s gay! He hunched another male dog so his owner threw him away bc he refuses to have a “gay” dog! Even if that weren’t the most assinine thing I’ve ever heard, its still discrimination! Don’t let this gorgeous dog die bc his owner is ignorant of normal dog behavior! He’s in kennel 10L and he WILL be put down tomorrow bc there is no room at the inn!
One of those who saw the story was Stephanie Fryns of Woof Connections, who posted:
I am adopting this big boy first thing in the morning. He has Kristin Joy Duewerth who is going to help with cost as well as many others in the area. He will be neutered/ htwm tested/ and vetted. He will be temperament tested and then places in a rescue verified and approved home. Woof connections is pulling many pups tomorrow, wonderful!! They need help with vetting the ones they pull also. We are all working together ( Diane Butler , Susan Bell) to save all the babies on the euth list for tomorrow.
Shortly after noon, local time, the shelter confirmed that the dog had, indeed, been adopted.
One of the shelter worked told The Tennessean: “I have had about 10 million calls this morning. It has been adopted already. It is gone,” he said. “He’s in good hands.”