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Elton, the 'gay' dog, saved from death!

  • Owner sends dog to be euthanized after suspecting it was gay
  • Elton was adopted just in time ... unharmed!

There’s Clifford the Big Red Dog and Courage the Cowardly Dog, but how about Elton the "Gay" Dog? A Tennessee resident recently put his pup in danger because he thought he was gay.

According to HLN affiliate KEYT, Elton was sent off to be euthanized by his owner after the pit bull/bulldog mix was caught humping another male dog’s leg. Despite it being pretty normal dog behavior, Elton’s owner thought the dog was gay and sent him off to a rabies control center in Jackson.

The group Jackson TN Euthanasia wrote on its Facebook page Wednesday that Elton was dropped off “not because he’s mean or tears things up … But because his owner says he’s gay!”

“He hunched another male dog so his owner threw him away bc he refuses to have a "gay" dog! He’s in kennel 10L and he WILL be put down tomorrow bc there is no room at the inn!” one post read.

Luckily, thousands of people rushed to Elton’s aid when his story went viral on Facebook. 

KEYT reported that after Elton's story received more than 5,000 shares, hundreds of people began calling the shelter where Elton was housed. Stephanie Fryns, a veterinary tech, was the lucky one to adopt Elton.

“I am adopting this big boy first thing in the morning,” Fryns wrote on the Facebook page for the animal rescue group Save The Animals Together (S.T.A.T.)  “He will be temperament tested and then places in a rescue verified and approved home.”

Elton now lives with Fryns and her four other dogs.

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