Dog surrendered to shelter and facing death because owner believes he’s gay

When a male dog mounts another male dog it is not a sign of homosexuality but often a sign of dominance. One uninformed owner in Tennessee surrendered his dog to an overcrowded animal shelter because he believed his dog to be gay after he noticed him “hunched over” another male dog. Now the dog has just hours to be saved from being put down by the shelter.

The dog, believed to be an American bulldog mix, was surrendered to an overcrowded animal shelter in Jackson, Tennessee.  The Jackson Rabies Control has scheduled to put down the dog today January 31st by 1 p.m. if not adopted since he was surrendered by his owner.  The shelter will open at 9 a.m. today and the adoption fee is $38. The shelter is location is as follows:

Jackson Rabies Control

146 Miller Avenue

Jackson, Tennessee

Phone: 731-668-4211

The dog is being kept in Kennel 10L.

There are only hours left to save this dog. Please share this information to help save his life.


  1. lauren says on  01/31/2013 at 7:51 am

    Exactly WHY is this dog being put down??

    • Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 8:15 am

      Probably due to overcrowding. Our jail system might learn something on this one.

    • Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 11:02 am

      Dog was surrendered to an over-crowded (probably under-funded and over-taxed, too) shelter. There’s no any point holding the *shelter* responsible here.

  2. Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 7:57 am

    Why dont they put down the owner for being homophobic? -.-‘

  3. yvonne says on  01/31/2013 at 7:59 am

    Is there some way funds can be set up to save this guy. Those of us in another state can’t get to him in time. Please let’s do something to save him.

    • Gudveig says on  01/31/2013 at 9:31 am

      I hope and pray that we all can help this dog and many more like him! And that we can share our knowledge about dogs and their way of being so to avoid stupidity like this.

  4. gina says on  01/31/2013 at 8:23 am

    People have to contact the shelter to extend his time, try and find someone from CT to foster him until someone get to him and give him a loving and healthy home…. I would if I could..

  5. Samantha says on  01/31/2013 at 8:37 am

    I contacted Pit Bulls and Parolees… I am not sure who else to contact…. Such a SAD story!!! We already have 2 dogs and live too far away anyhow to help out :(
    The previous owner should be ashamed of himself!

    • denise says on  01/31/2013 at 9:47 am

      i also e-mailed tia i hope this little guy gets saved. i would take him but i now have 3 dogs and my female bull jack is the alpha in the house. i now have to seperate my other 2 from her thay are small poodles. keep our fingers crossed this one gets saved.

  6. Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 8:42 am

    so many sick people, why can every idiot just go and buy a dog?

  7. Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 8:46 am

    Could the author please update this article with the current whereabouts of this dog?? There are people who want to adopt him but the shelter is apparently not answering calls so no one knows where he is. There are comments saying he has for now been picked up by TN Death Row dogs in Spring Hill TN and another that said a Chicago rescue group picked him up for now … If you post details, there are people willing to drive long distance to get him

  8. jesus christ says on  01/31/2013 at 9:09 am

    Those who believe this one to be true are the ones who have to be put down. If the shelter is too crowded then the older staying dogs are the ones that will be put down first, unless the dog has rabies. (then by all means, adopt the damn dog). SECOND, take a look at the fucking picture, IT IS NOT OVERCROWDED, that cage can house 7 more gay dogs and they can do a train even. THIRD, this news is not new, this has been posted days (at least) ago..

    • Judas Iscariot says on  01/31/2013 at 9:27 am

      You’re a tool. First, your screen name screams “I’M A TOOL!” Second, you’re a tool, but not just any tool. You sir/madame are an awl. You know the pointy tool at the bottom of the tool chest that most people don’t know what it is and is now completely useless.

    • Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 10:17 am

      you use this name and speak crap…not good to mock Christ, nice language sir

  9. Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 10:29 am

    If someone would answer the phones over there we have someone to foster him until a family can be found!!, PICK UP THE PHONE!!!

  10. Tim says on  01/31/2013 at 10:35 am

    We will pay the adoption fee if someone takes this dog. I have tried to call the shelter but it is busy.

  11. Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 10:46 am

    I just called them! He’s been adopted!

  12. eman says on  01/31/2013 at 10:55 am

    Looks like he’s getting pulled if the information on the Examiner is correct.

  13. I live in Jacksonville, Florida and would be more than happy to take in this dog! He would make a wonderful addition to my pack of 4. PLEASE ANSWER THE PHONE! If anyone can get ahold of them, please contact me at [email protected]. Also if anyone is willing to drive him half way that would be wonderful too! Please someone contact me! Also you can call my 800 #, it’s 1-800-285-2028 ext 281.

  14. Tim says on  01/31/2013 at 11:08 am

    I don’t understand how you can post a story like this and not update it. It is spreading across Facebook and other media outlets. It has received over 3000 shares in a short time.

  15. Julie says on  01/31/2013 at 11:10 am

    The owner is beyond stupid and should not I repeat should NOT be able to roam freely among us.

  16. Heather says on  01/31/2013 at 11:17 am

    I contacted the shelter and he has been adopted!! I hope he has found his forever home!

    • Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 12:40 pm

      actually he was adopted but is with a rescue being vetted and temperament tested and if he tests well, that rescue will then adopt him out. But he was adopted from the shelter

  17. Cheryl F says on  01/31/2013 at 11:29 am

    The more I read about Tennessee, the less I like it. Is it something in the water that makes them so STUPID AND CRUEL..?

  18. Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 11:39 am

    Furever Rescue Hi There! We are the back up in case they need anything. We spoke with the woman, Stephanie who already pulled him for a local rescue STAT. We hope to get an update later today . The other dogs on the euthanasia list were also rescued, woohoo!

  19. denise says on  01/31/2013 at 11:57 am

    thats awesome

  20. Ive been following this guy since late last night and finally had a sigh of relief when I read that he has been RESCUED!

    The ex owner needs some rescuing from his stupidity!

  21. Avis says on  01/31/2013 at 2:39 pm

    If you were willing to adopt this dog, why not go to your local kill shelter and adopt another? They’re all going to be euthanized if not adopted in time. This one is nothing exceptional. He just got a lot more publicity than most. (Okay, so he also had a stupider owner than most, but still…)

    Many dogs are surrendered because the owners got tired of them, or they stopped being cute puppies and became big, high-maintenance dogs instead. Maybe the original owner died and the relatives don’t want to care for the animal. Maybe the owner was too busy/lazy to train it not to bark, so dumped it at a shelter instead when the barking got to be too much. Maybe the dog didn’t get along with the already-installed cats, or other dog, or pet iguana. Maybe the owner didn’t want to “take away his dog’s manhood” and so ends up with ten puppies twice a year, none of which he is prepared to take care of. There are a ton of reasons why an animal ends up in a shelter, and a lot of them are stupid.

    Take this dog’s story and apply it to any of the other dogs at your local shelter. They’re all just as much in need of a home.

  22. Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 3:28 pm

    Well said Avis! Not to mention people who got evicted from home and landlord takes them there or parents say no and kid gets dog anyway.

  23. Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 3:38 pm

    Just another reason to NEVER visit Tennessee. Ever.

  24. John B. says on  01/31/2013 at 4:07 pm

    1-31 4 PM – What’s the Status?

  25. Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 7:12 pm

    Save the dog – put the idiot owner down!

  26. Anonymous says on  01/31/2013 at 9:48 pm

    Here’s another one in need today

  27. Carlos says on  02/01/2013 at 10:07 am

    Where is ‘Sarah McLachlan and her Angel when we need her?

  28. Chris J. Robert says on  02/02/2013 at 2:59 am

    I would like to see this Dog’s previous owner put in prison with a 350LB man named BUBA. Let all hear the screams, deep into the night!

    • Shelly Spencer says on  02/02/2013 at 3:03 am

      Right on!!!! Let’em beat him in the back on the head while he lays pipe!!!!!!

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