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

Friday, February 1, 2013

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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  1. Good for Fido !

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:20pm
  2. Some people are just stupid

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:21pm
  3. Owner sounds like an ass…hope the doggy gets a great loving home.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:21pm
  4. you do know that there is no gay animals it is just they hump whatever they can find it isent being gay it is there biological make up

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:22pm
  5. The idiot that took the dog in should be banned from owning pets.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:23pm
  6. No, Branden Revis, animals can be born gay just like people can be born gay. Don’t know if this dog is gay, you are right, though. Dogs can hump whatever.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:23pm
  7. that owner is a real idiot!! I hope elton go a great home!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:24pm
  8. unreal. what an ahole

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:25pm
  9. so glad to hear that the dog got a new home. :)

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:25pm
  10. woow really i mean my lil pitty wiggles always humps the bigger one sara and there both girls i still loves them!! i find it kinda funny actually #pride #pitbulls

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:26pm
  11. Once I open my home to a pet, that pet is mine for life. That pit bull sounds way smarter than his first owner.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:27pm
  12. Some people are just downright stupid… x.x

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:27pm
  13. Oh Good Lord honey!- Karen Walker

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:28pm
  14. that makes me happy the dog gets a good home!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:37pm
  15. Oh, Gospodi pomiluj nas!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:39pm
  16. So i love this site, love animals, so happy doggy got a new home BUT please keep the”deeper” stories coming & i will keep sharing them & plastering then on fb page for all the conservative mother fuckers I’m friends with. peace, love.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:50pm
  17. i have seen and heard it all. omg, really dude?

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:54pm
  18. Wish the dog could have dump his owner and said I don’t want u cuz ur a moron….. I am glad he got true loving owners :-)

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:55pm
  19. He needed a good home and now he has one

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:57pm
  20. I wish I could have adopted this fella. He looks so charming and happy! I’m glad he got the loving home he deserves. :)

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:00pm
  21. OMG I want a gay dog lol

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:03pm
  22. A gay dog…OK, let’s hear it for Tennessee. :-)

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:08pm
  23. WOW a whole new level of stupidity and ignorance.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:14pm
  24. Only in a place like Tennessee, no offense to anyone but its an unarguable fact.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:15pm
  25. That’s so sad.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:18pm
  26. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, save the dog and euthanize the moron owner.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:44pm
  27. uh. wat.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:45pm
  28. Good to see that dog has a new home

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 9:47pm
  29. Thank God.. WTF

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:03pm
  30. the owner should be put away for being homophobic

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:04pm
  31. Okay, this is so stupid that I actually don’t believe it’s true. Has anybody checked this out, for real?

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:19pm
  32. Seriously thought this was the onion. That person was an idiot.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 10:29pm
  33. what the fuck

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:39pm
  34. I hate to say, but it is true. It happened right here where I live. Worse yet, my cousin works with the guy that did it and the guy was BRAGGING about it at work.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:41pm
  35. What ignorance!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:15am
  36. The dog certainly didn’t really know what it was doing. My dogs have done that. A bunch. All dogs do, to my knowledge. It isn’t even gay; they don’t givvuh shit. Just got horny and wanted to hump something. People do it too. Look at prisons.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:18am
  37. Ridiculously funny.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:22am
  38. if ya dont know dogs dont get a dog.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:30am
  39. It’s true. A rescue group claimed him though.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 3:36am
  40. Many “parents” of gay children who come out to them think tey are disposable as well.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:39am
  41. :(

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 4:42am
  42. My male doesn’t do this but the two females(one foster) I have do it to him. What would they call the females in Tennessee???…….Confused. :)

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:53am
  43. How stupid are people?

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 9:16am
  44. Ignorance Is so bliss!. Was he also named Elton after Sir.Elton? If so HE’S STLL STANDING. Ans so will canine Elton, goof luck boy!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:32am
  45. Poor dog :(

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:22am
  46. happy he got a new forever home….

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11:24am