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‘Gay’ dog saved after being condemned to being put down

2:40 pm - 01/31/2013

A dog in Tennessee has reportedly been rescued, after being left at a kennel by his owner who thought he was gay. He had been scheduled to be put down today.

The dog, whose name is unknown, was scheduled to be put to death today at an animal control centre in Jackson, Tennessee.

Posting on the Facebook page set up in order to find someone to adopt the dog, Stephnanie Fryns, said she had spoken to the kennel, that she had arranged to adopt the dog, and that she would go to pick it up when it opened.

The owner thought he was gay, because the dog was seen “hunched over” another male dog, and so he thought he was showing signs of being gay.

Historically such behaviour was seen as a sign of dominance, and wouldn’t be indicative of a dog’s sexual orientation.

More recent research from MichaelBaugh.com shows research which suggests that such behaviour is “merely a nonspecific sign of arousal”, and that dogs will hump other dogs, or inanimate objects for “play” reasons, or because of nervousness or excitement, and that it is not necessarily a sign of sexual urge.

Those critical of the decision by the owner leading up to these events, have said that, even if the behaviour did indicate that the dog was gay, it wasn’t a reason to warrant turning him in to an overcrowded kennel.

A statement on the Facebook post giving details of the dog read that the shelter “open at 9am and he will die by 1pm if not adopted as he was an owner surrender. Adoption fee is 38.00 and that only includes a voucher for a rabies shot. He looks to be a pit/american bulldog mix.”

The post, by a Facebook account named, Jackson TN Euthanasia, notes that the dog was at Jackson Rabies Control, 146 Miller Ave, in Jackson, Tennessee.

Other users posted that other kennels had offered to take the dog, and some encouraged those considering adopting the dog to take on one of the other dogs at the shelter which could be put down.

By Joseph Patrick McCormick. 31 January 2013, 2:46pm

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chaya 1st-Feb-2013 03:29 am (UTC)
ellonwye 1st-Feb-2013 03:32 am (UTC)
My female dog humps pillows, what does that say about her?
schexyschteve 1st-Feb-2013 03:42 am (UTC)
She's pillowsexual?
alexvdl 1st-Feb-2013 03:44 am (UTC)
That is a beautiful pitbull too. I've never seen a white and grey dappled pit before.
thistlerose 1st-Feb-2013 03:46 am (UTC)
Wow, that made me cry. I hope the dog is safe, and with someone who'll love him and tell him what a good boy he is. Dogs, man.

I won't get graphic, but I do also hope that karma bites his former owner in the ass.
natyanayaki 1st-Feb-2013 05:54 am (UTC)
Is that a sheltie????
keskt 1st-Feb-2013 03:55 am (UTC)
Dogs are turned in to shelters by their owners for stupid reasons like this all day every day, I only hope stories like this can help raise awareness. It blows my mind that a human being would turn in their own pet to a kill shelter and not give a shit that they are pretty much condemning it to death.
ahria 1st-Feb-2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
My sister works at a vet office and they get pet owners in there all time wanting their pet "put down" for the stupidest freaking reasons. It just boggles my mind.

(her boss takes the money for the procedure and then rehomes the pets)
natyanayaki 1st-Feb-2013 04:29 am (UTC)
I hope that the doggie is happy in his new home, he's so beautiful and he has his ears!
roseofjuly 1st-Feb-2013 04:39 am (UTC)

oceandezignz 1st-Feb-2013 04:48 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD that FACE! So cute!

Also... somehow I want to blame SouthPark for the "gay dog" thing.

But I truly hope the former owner gets some sort of karma kick.
aviv_b 1st-Feb-2013 04:53 am (UTC)
FYI - dog was adopted so all is good.

tigerdreams 1st-Feb-2013 05:04 am (UTC)
Of all the stupidity and cruelty caused by homophobia, this is one that I didn't see coming.

I'm not sorry for wishing bad things on the former owner.
effervescent 1st-Feb-2013 05:11 am (UTC)
I have no respect for people who would just dump a pet like this. Homophobia and disrespect for pets combined, yay.
ayarane 1st-Feb-2013 05:22 am (UTC)
Dude dogs do this all the time, the humping other dudes thing. It's a show of domination. Although we totes think one of the bulldogs is at least bi, he's a little weird and his humping goes a bit beyond mere "lulz i pwnz0rz j00" territory.

The pounds should publicly post the reason for owner surrender (anonymize them if you must), a lot of them really are pretty ridiculous.
ljtaylor 1st-Feb-2013 07:11 am (UTC)
I saw this and thought about posting it, but it was on the Daily Fail so I was dubious... my friend has two bunnies who are girls and one loves humping the other, this is standard animal behaviour ffs
poetic_pixie_13 1st-Feb-2013 07:35 am (UTC)
dearmisterecho 1st-Feb-2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
omg I just started re-watching LO:SVU so bless you for having a gif of the ever wonderful BD Wong that I can add to my collection <3
urplesquirrel 1st-Feb-2013 08:30 am (UTC)
Don't let this fucker get another dog, because he clearly knows nothing about dogs.
romp 3rd-Feb-2013 01:25 am (UTC)
yeah, that seems reason enough to give him a ban on pets until he educates himself
pandaeatworld 1st-Feb-2013 10:48 am (UTC)
In other news: Things hump other things. No one is surprised.
corbyinoz 1st-Feb-2013 10:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, look, he doesn't know anything about animals, full stop. And honestly? I think the 'dominance' thing is actually obscuring the fact that some animals, just like some humans, are born with a preference for the same sex. Dolphins. Primates. Dogs. Horses - I used to own thirty standardbeds, and one pair of mares? They were all over each other. One would mount the other, and then the next week, it would be the other one's turn. They'd never go near the rest of the herd. They were queer horses. Because - ta da! Being homosexual is just part of the natural sexual spectrum of all mammals.
blackjedii 1st-Feb-2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
I actually did have a gay guinea pig you guys. He went absolutely mental when I pulled my other boy guinea pig out to play with but if I put him with the girl guinea pig he'd just go after the food bowl and avoid her.

His name was Bela Pigosi, ironically. Most high-strung pig I've ever met
chaya 1st-Feb-2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
His name was Bela Pigosi


all the awards
hourglasscreate 1st-Feb-2013 01:06 pm (UTC)
Damn. The cognitive dissonance here really gets me.

So, your dog being gay(1) is proof that being gay is inborn and not a choice so therefore cannot be a sin. But you are going to co tongue to hate gays and get rid of him anyway?</p>

Even though that behavior has nothing to do with whether or not a dog is actually gay.

(1) I actually did have a gay bunny as a kid. Which was the thing that made me realize you really can be born that way.

rebness 1st-Feb-2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
Poor thing. I can't get over the myriad stupid excuses people give for abandoning pets. :(

Edited at 2013-02-01 01:09 pm (UTC)
windsong_moon 1st-Feb-2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
That has to be the most ridiculous reasons to abandon a pet that I've heard of -- second only to the family that wanted a dog put down because its dark fur was clashing with their light-colored carpet...
eveofrevolution 1st-Feb-2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
I looked for the onion tag after reading the beginning. God some people are such assholes. That poor puppy.
karrixftw 1st-Feb-2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
Can we put this fucking asshole former dog owner down for being a piece of shit?

Ugh, I can't even imagine. I had to put two of my dogs down this summer (a combination of their age, health problems, and the fact that we lost our house and didn't have the resources to keep them), and it was the fucking worst. People fucking suck.
louisiane_fille 1st-Feb-2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
This just shows the former owner's ignorance about dog behavior. Dogs "hump" each other as a means of establishing dominance. It has nothing to do with being gay. I'm just glad that this dog no longer lives with this moron.
angelofdeath275 2nd-Feb-2013 03:02 am (UTC)
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