Gay dog: Charlotte couple adopt dog after original owners abandoned him for rubbing male dog

CHARLOTTE, NC (WTVD) — A dog who was allegedly abandoned at a North Carolina shelter because his owners thought he was gay has since been adopted.

The Stanly County Animal Shelter said it received a 4 or 5-year-old black dog weighing 50 pounds from owners who no longer wanted him. They told the shelter they thought the dog was gay because he had bumped into another male dog.

Dog behavior experts will tell you that dogs rub against other dogs. They do this as part of play and sometimes to reinforce hierarchical social structures. It is not an indication of sexual orientation.

When Steve Nichols and his partner John Winn heard about the story, they knew they had to step in.

Nichols and Winn have been an openly gay couple for 33 years. They said they had faced the same type of ignorance and bigotry in their lives and wanted to open their home to the dog.

“My partner and I started talking about it. The conversation went like this: ‘You know, in 33 years we’ve had to deal with the same ignorance, bigotry and stupidity of people and we don’t “We haven’t always been able to do something about it. But we thought, ‘We can do something about it,'” Nichols told “Good Morning America.”

“So we started with the aim of doing something to help, give money or something. Over a period of two days, it kind of turned into ‘Well, he’s going to be part of it. of our family “. and we ended up adopting him.”

After the paperwork was completed, the couple adopted the dog and renamed him Oscar after Oscar Wilde, the famous author who was imprisoned in London in the late 1800s for being gay.

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