The “gay” dog that was supposed to be euthanized because he was considered to be “gay” by his owner was not euthanized but adopted. A veterinary technician from Jackson rescued the bulldog-mix from being euthanized and named him Elton, reports ABC News on Jan. 31, 2013.
Elton’s previous owner had brought the bull-dog mix to a rabies control shelter in Jackson, Tenn., this week after he observed his male dog hunching over another male dog. Assuming his dog was “gay,” the owner from Tennessee could not handle living with a “gay” dog and determined that he should be euthanized.
Fortunately for the presumably “gay” dog, the animal rescue group Jackson TN Euthanasia posted the information about the “gay” dog on its Facebook page on Wednesday and wrote, “ He hunched another male dog so his owner threw him away because he refuses to have a 'gay' dog!"
The “gay” dog’s Facebook posting went viral and lead to thousands of online comments and hundreds of people calling the shelter willing to rescue the “gay” dog from being euthanized.
Stephanie Fryns, who is a veterinary technician from Jackson, Tenn., and has four other dogs, also saw the “gay” dog’s posting online and had already decided to rescue the “gay” dog before his story went viral.
Thanks to Stephanie Fryns, the bulldog-mix does no longer have to go by the name “gay dog” but is now called Elton.
Elton weighed 50 pounds, has been “pretty friendly so far,” but is also pretty scared of everything. Who can blame him?
Anyone who is around domestic animals like horses, goats, dogs, cats, hamsters or any wild animals has most likely observed a “hunching over” or “humping” between two animals of the same sex.
Can animals really be called “gay?”
Unlike most humans, animals act by instinct. Animals do not “intellectually” distinguish between male and female. If a male animal’s instinct guides it to a female because of scent, a display of “beauty,” or simply to show dominance to other males, a male-female interaction will occur.
However, while the male-female interaction serves the preservation of the species, there is no law in the animal world that speaks against following one’s instinct with any other animal of the same species; male or female.
Even penguins who might live in a male-male relationship are guided by instinct.
Calling instinctual behavior “sex” as understood in human terms appears to be somewhat inappropriate. And calling a dog that follows his natural instinct “gay” is even more inappropriate.
Didn’t the Tennessee owner study animal behavior and animal instinct in a biology class in school?