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Elton the gay dog gets saved

Posted by David Zimmerman  February 1, 2013 09:36 AM (image credit: Facebook)

o-GAY-DOG-EUTHANIZED-570.jpgElton the Gay Dog. Sounds a bit like a children’s book used to teach kids about the lgbt community doesn’t it? Sadly it isn’t. It is the true story of Elton, a male pitbull/American bulldog mix who was sent off to be euthanized by his owner because he thought the dog was “gay.” And why did the owner, who lives in Jackson Tennessee, think his dog was gay? Because the dog was “humping” another male dog’s leg.

Fortunately the story has a happy ending. The story of Elton got picked up on Facebook and a campaign was started to try and save him.

From Facebook: This guy was signed over to RC, 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, its 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!

Stephanie Fryns saw the Facebook campaign and posted that she would be adopting the dog. “I am adopting this big boy first thing in the morning,” she wrote on the Facebook page. “He will be neutered/ heartworm tested/ and vetted. He will be temperament tested and then places in a rescue verified and approved home.”

Stephanie adopted Elton yesterday morning only hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized. According to Stephanie, Elton is doing well so far. “[Elton] was pretty friendly so far. He’s pretty scared of everything, which is understandable. But he loved the car ride.”

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