Facebook effort tries to halt euthanization of dog thought to be gay

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An effort is underway on Facebook this morning to save a Tennessee dog from euthanasia because his owner believed the dog to be gay.

The story was reported yesterday by two reputable media sources, but WiG was unable to authenticate it. Still, given the incidence of prior animal abuse based on perceptions about a pet’s sexual orientation, the story is as plausible as it is bizarre.

According to reports and posts on Facebook, the pitbull-mix dog was taken to a shelter in Jackson, Tenn., after his owner found him “hunched over” another male dog. Although male dogs typically hump other dogs to assert their dominance, the behavior led the owner to assume his dog was homosexual, according to posts.

The stories contend that the dog is scheduled to be euthanized this morning unless he is adopted.

“Don’t let this gorgeous dog die bc his owner is ignorant of normal dog behavior!” wrote one Facebook poster. “He's in kennel 10L and he WILL be put down tomorrow bc there is no room at the inn!”

Another wrote last night: “They open at 9 a.m. and he will die by 1 p.m. 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 shelter is Jackson Rabies Control, 146 Miller Ave., in Jackson, Tenn. The phone number is (731) 668-4211.

UPDATE: Several sources, including Gawker and ABC News, are reporting that the dog was adopted by a woman named Stephanie Fryns, who is affiliated with the animal rescue group Woof Connections, on Thursday morning. She named the dog "Elton."

ABC reported that Elton will join Fryns' four other dogs. Although he had some redness around his ears, the dog did not appear to have been used in dog fights.

"(Elton) was pretty friendly so far," Fryns told ABC News. "He’s pretty scared of everything, which is understandable. But he loved the car ride.”