A dog whose Tennessee guardian sent him to be euthanized because he believed the pet to be gay has been spared from the gas chamber thanks to a Facebook campaign.
UPI reports that the male American bulldog mix whose owner dumped him at the Jackson Rabies Control Animal Shelter in Jackson has been spared from death after a Facebook user who calls herself the "Jackson Madison Rabies Control Stalker" launched a campaign to save the condemned canine.
According to the Examiner, the dog's owner's bigotry transcended species, as he was infuriated when he caught his "gay" pet humping another male dog. Although some dogs, as well as hundreds of other animal species, engage in homosexual behavior, there is no proof that the abandoned animal in question was actually "gay," especially since male dogs often mount other males in displays of dominance. Still, that didn't stop his owner from effectively sentencing him to death.
As Digital Journal reported on Wednesday, the fatal hour was set for Thursday at 1 p.m. But then came an outpouring of support on Facebook, which included more than 4,700 'shares' and over 1,600 comments as of Thursday morning.
"Please tell me this dog was adopted and that we can put the ex-owner down for ignorance and sheer stupidity," one commenter wrote.
Yes, happily, to the former; no to the latter. A Facebook user and veterinary technician named Stephanie Fryns stepped up to save the lucky fellow-- who she has named Elton.
"I am adopting this big boy first thing in the morning," Fryns wrote on Wednesday. Fryns, working with three other women, found a new home for the dog at Woof Connections, a rescue shelter in West Memphis, Arkansas.
Although Fryns said that bulldogs and bull-mixes abused in dog fights often end up in area shelters, it is unclear whether Elton was a victim of such cruelty. She said there was some redness on his ears but she couldn't discern the cause of it. Fryns doubted that he'd been fighting regularly because of his "submissive" disposition.
"[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."