People do some bizarre things to animals, and here comes a doozy from Tennessee. The owner of a white pit bull mix surrendered his dog to local animal control. Not because of the usual reasons -- dog was aggressive or family was having a baby or moving or all the standard excuses -- but because the dog was, get this, "gay." What in the sam hell?!?!
The dog came into the Jackson, Tennessee shelter after his owner observed him "hunched over" another male dog and concluded that the dog must be "gay"! Naturally, this intelligent (sarcasm) person didn't want a "gay" dog, so he gave him up to be euthanized.
While there have been reports of homosexual behavior in the animal world, in all likelihood, this dog was unneutered and showing dominance. Or just playing around. And even if he WAS gay, is that any reason for a death sentence?!
Because this is a high kill shelter with little available space, the pup was scheduled to be put down by 1 p.m. today. However, the media picked up on the story and outrage ensued. Several groups volunteered to get the dog -- one even vowing to sleep outside the shelter until the doors opened in the morning.
I called the shelter and the dog has indeed been rescued. Just who rescued the pooch is unclear at this time, but I'll update if I can confirm. Being labeled "gay" ended up being the best thing that could have happened to this poor dog.
While it's awesome news that his life was spared, unfortunately millions of other dogs just like him -- who weren't labeled "gay" and therefore didn't make the news -- will die. People, do NOT get an animal if you aren't prepared to care for it for LIFE. And that means even if you think your pet is "gay."
Hopefully this baby will get adopted -- by a tolerant family.
Can you believe this owner?
*Editor's note: ABC News is reporting that a woman named Stephanie Fryns has adopted the dog, whom she describes as friendly, and whom she has named "Elton."
Image via Jackson Rabies Control