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‘Gay’ dog gets new home after homophobic owner dumps him at shelter

Friday, February 1, 2013
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Elton, the pit bull whose story went viral after he was dumped at a Tennessee animal shelter earlier this week because his former owner thought he was “gay,” has found a new loving home.

Dog-lover Stephanie Fryns, moved by the plight of the pitbull, adopted him with just hours to spare before he was scheduled to be euthanized, and named him after gay rocker Elton John.

Elton was left at the shelter because its former owner thought he was gay after catching him humping another male dog — a behavior common among dogs as a way to show dominance.

On Wednesday, a Facebook group posted a photo of Elton, and his story went viral on the website Gawker, prompting thousands of comments and hundreds of calls to the shelter.

Fryns, a veterinary tech from Jackson, said that she saw Elton on an adoption website and had made plans to rescue him even before his story went viral.

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