"Town saves gay dog" headlines are sprouting up on social media and news sites. Reportedly, an animal shelter in Tennessee began a Facebook campaign to halt euthanasia of a mix-breed animal after its owner turned it in for humping another dog.
People posted details of this controversial story on Jan. 31 and obviously, it made headlines all over the Internet, especially among dog and animal lovers.
A town rallied to save the "gay" dog after a person at Jackson Madison Rabies Control Stalker animal shelter posted this on Facebook:
"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!"
If you are scratching head over this one, it's understandable. Whoever heard of a dog being gay? While anything is possible, what makes a person qualified enough to make that assertion?
Even then, what difference does it make? Certainly, a dog shouldn't be put down because it is allegedly gay, as the apparently uninformed dog owner put it.
"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!" continued the post on Facebook.
However, the Tennessee town's effort paid off; the "gay" dog was saved.
In fact, Stephanie Fryns, a veterinary tech from Jackson, who is an avid dog owner, came to the rescue of the abandoned animal.
Fryns named the pit bull mix Elton and said he enjoyed the ride home.
Thankfully, the town saved the "gay" dog from euthanasia. And while there are documented cases of same-sex behavior in the animal kingdom, chances are Elton was merely displaying dominance when humping the other dog.