Friday, February 1, 2013
Elton The 'Gay' Dog Spared From Slaughter
A poor pooch whose ignorant owner sent him to a Tennessee pound after catching him mounting another male dog was saved from being euthanized Thursday.
Dog-lover Stephanie Fryns, moved by the plight of the pitbull, adopted him with just hours to spare and named him after gay rocker Elton John.
“He’s pretty scared of everything, which is understandable,” Fryns, of Jackson, Tenn., told ABC News. “But he loved the car ride.”
Fryns’ friend, Susan Bell, said she helped put the dog in the car.
“He was just fine,” Bell told the Daily News. “I’m really happy he’s got a good home.”
A worker at the Jackson Madison Rabies Control Center said he still can’t fathom why the original owner put the pitbull in the pound.
“You know those dogs get on top of each other sometimes,” the worker, who asked not to be identified, told the Nashville Tennessean newspaper.
And not just because some of them happen to be gay.
“A male mounting another male is thus not displaying homosexual tendencies, but is simply saying, ‘I'm boss around here,’” animal expert Stanley Coren said in Psychology Today.
Coren, a psychologist and the author of books like The Intelligence of Dogs" and "How to Speak Dog," said female dogs — and even neutered dogs — sometimes mount other dogs to make their point.
“This is not an issue of sexual confusion,” he said.
The doggy drama began on Tuesday when the pitbull’s owner, who lives near rural Jackson, Tenn., caught his dog in the act.
When word got out that the dog was about to die for doing what they do on the Discovery Channel, animal rescuers posted Elton’s story on Facebook and it went viral.
“Hundreds of people were calling the rabies center looking to adopt the dog,” said Bell. “This story really caught people’s attention.”
What happened to this particular pitbull is sad, but not surprising, animal rescuer Allison Carroll, based in Memphis, told The News.
“There is a real redneck mentality out here, a real lack of education about dogs and how they behave,” she said.
- NY Daily News
Why not adopt an unwanted animal today? See your local pound.
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