Have you seen the news? It’s a tale beyond belief: A Tennessee dog owner surrendered his dog — a Pit Bull–Bulldog mix — to the Jackson Rabies Control Animal Shelter, to be killed. What was the dog’s crime? The owner saw the dog mounting another male dog. To the owner, this meant his dog is gay, and in that small, broken brain of his, that meant the dog had to be killed.
What a world.
Luckily, word of this travesty erupted into the Internet, because it had to. Someone who keeps tabs on the dogs being euthanized at the Jackson Rabies Control Animal Shelter — a high-kill shelter — made it so, when he wrote up the circumstances on his Facebook page, Jackson TN Euthanasia:
This guy [the dog] was signed over to [Rabies Control], not [because] he’s mean or [because] he tears things up, but because … his owner says he’s gay! He hunched another male dog so his owner threw him away [because] he refuses to have a “gay” dog! Even if that weren’t the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard, it’s still discrimination! Don’t let this gorgeous dog die [because] his owner is ignorant of normal dog behavior! He’s in kennel 10L and he WILL be put down tomorrow [because] there is no room at the inn!
Naturally, this thing took off. Adoption offers poured in. According to a shelter worker who prefers to be unnamed, “I have had about 10 million calls this morning. It has been adopted already. It is gone. He’s in good hands.”
Whose hands? Stephanie Fryns, a veterinary tech from Jackson, who adopted the dog and named him Elton John. Elton John is going to a good home; Fryns already has four happy dogs.
She told ABC News that the dog “was pretty friendly so far. He’s pretty scared of everything, which is understandable. But he loved the car ride.”
As for the stupidity of the former owner, let’s return to that for a sec. Animal expert Stanley Coren told the Daily News, “A male mounting another male is thus not displaying homosexual tendencies, but is simply saying, ‘I’m boss around here.’”
Or, as that unnamed shelter worker put it, “You know, those dogs get on top of each other sometimes.”
You don’t say.
As for all those people who wanted to adopt the poor dog, well, there’s no shortage of dogs facing death at the Jackson Rabies Control Animal Shelter. Just check the Facebook page of the guy who broke the story. He calls himself Jackson Madison Rabies Control Stalker, and his page is full of photos of dogs who are to be put to death within days. They deserve as much attention as Elton John.