Dog abandoned at North Carolina animal shelter for being ‘gay’ gets adopted by gay couple
After Fezco was abandoned at a local shelter by his previous own for being “gay,” a North Carolina gay couple stepped in to adopt the pup.
A dog abandoned at a North Carolina animal shelter after his owners thought he was gay was adopted by an openly gay couple on Tuesday.
Fezco, believed to be around 4 years old, was left at Stanly County Animal Protective Services. Fezco gets along well with both humans and other dogs, according to the shelter’s Facebook page.
Fezco’s previous owners had found him dominating another male dog in a sexual manner, leading them to think he was gay. But one of the reasons why dogs may engage in such behavior is that they could have a high level of testosterone that is driving the dog to breed, veterinarian Tahl Rozycki told USA TODAY.
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“It could just be he’s trying to assert dominance over the other dog,” said Rozycki.
The behavior also could be attributed to dogs always having a pecking order in a multi-dog environment and them knowing where their pecking order is, Rozycki said.
Steve Nichols and his partner John live in Charlotte and have been together for more than 30 years. They adopted Fezco and renamed him Oscar, after popular gay writer Oscar Wilde, according to the couple.
“It’s just such a silly reason to turn in a dog,” Nichols told WCCB Charlotte. “We just thought it would make sense for the gay dog to be adopted by a loving gay family.”