Facebook Campaign Rescues 'Gay Bulldog' From Execution

Eric Larson

A male bulldog was saved from execution earlier this week after a clamorous Facebook campaign jumped to its defense.

According to the Daily Dot, the dog -- pictured here -- was returned to the Tennessee shelter where it was purchased after its owner found it snuggling over another male dog, which led her to believe it was gay.

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Facebook user Jackson TN Euthanasia posted about the dog last week:

"He hunched over 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 [sic] thing I've ever heard, its still discrimination! Don't let this gorgeous dog die bc his owner is ignorant of normal dog behavior!"

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The post asked visitors to save the dog, who at the time was a day away from being put down, by sharing the picture. It worked -- the photo was shared more than 4,300 times and racked up more than 1,300 comments.

Several users offered to rescue the dog, the Daily Dot reported, and a woman has officially offered to adopt it.

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This story originally published on Mashable here.