(DOG RESCUE) Just a few day days ago, a ‘gay’ American bulldog-mix was dropped off at a Jackson, Tennessee high-kill rabies control shelter after his ignorant guardian found the pooch mounting another male dog. On Wednesday, a plea for help was posted on a Facebook page dedicated to saving pets facing euthanasia, sparking a viral Facebook rescue campaign. After hearing about his story, veterinary technician Stephanie Fryns, who already has four dogs and is affiliated with the animal rescue group, Woof Connections, intervened and saved the dog now named Elton from euthanasia. Read on to learn more about this great rescue story. — Global Animal
Elton, an American bulldog mix, was due to be euthanised at the Tennesse animal shelter, after he was handed in when his owner found him “hunched over” another male dog.
When his story went viral on the internet, veterinary technician Stephanie Fryns, who already has four dogs and is affiliated with animal rescue group Woof Connections, stepped in to save him from Jackson TN Euthanasia.
“I am adopting this big boy first thing in the morning,” she wrote. “He will be neutered/ htwm tested/ and vetted. He will be temperament tested and then places in a rescue verified and approved home.”
She then said after picking him up: “He’s pretty scared of everything, which is understandable. But he loved the car ride.”
Ms Fryns added that Elton had some redness on his ears but could not say if it was a result of dog fighting.
The Facebook campaign was shared by more than 5,000 people and “liked” almost 1,000 times.
The original entry, featuring a picture of a forlorn-looking Elton, said: “This guy was signed over to RC, not bc he’s mean or bc he 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! Even if that weren’t the most assinine thing I’ve ever heard, its still discrimination! Don’t let this gorgeous dog die bc his owner is ignorant of normal dog behavior! He’s in kennel 10L and he WILL be put down tomorrow bc there is no room at the inn!”
Although it is extremely unlikely Elton was doing anything other than attempting to assert dominance over another dog, homosexual behaviour among other animals is not unheard of.
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