ABC reported a veterinary tech rescued the bulldog-mix after his owner put him in a kill shelter for supposedly being gay.
A dog set to be euthanized for being "gay" has gotten his day.
The dog was left in a rabies control shelter in Jackson, Tenn., "not bc he's mean or bc he tears things up, but because… His owner says he’s gay!" the Facebook group Jackson TN Euthanasia posted online Wednesday.
The group, which tries to find homes for dogs in kill shelters, wrote that the dog "hunched another male dog so his owner threw him away bc he refuses to have a 'gay' dog!"
The story caught fire online, sparking outrage and a blitz of calls to the shelter. Within hours, the supposedly gay dog had been saved by a veterinary tech named Stephanie Fryns, ABC reported.
Fryns told ABC saw saw the dog on an adoption site and planned to rescue him even before his tale picked up steam. She has named the bulldog-mix Elton.
Homosexual behavior has been observed in animals before and often stirs up debate.
In 2009, The Telegraph reported on a study that claimed homosexual behavior in animals is widespread and "part of a necessary biological adaptation for the survival of the species."
The 2009 study found homosexual behavior in albatross females when there was a shortage of males, as well as in locusts and penguins.
The study suggested that homosexual behavior in animals may even have been shaped by natural selection.
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