North Carolina Couple Adopts Dog That Was Abandoned For ‘Being Gay’

Fezco has been renamed Oscar, after legendary gay playwright, Oscar Wilde.

A dog who made national headlines this month after being abandoned by his owners for being “gay” has been adopted by a same-sex couple. 

Fezco’s story quickly caught the attention of Steve Nichols and his husband, John Winn, who live just outside Charlotte, not far from the shelter.

Steve and John, together for 30 years, learned of the dog ending up at the Stanly County Animal Shelter and decided they had to adopt him.

“I was in shock,” Nichols said of first reading about Fezco in the news. “I flipped through and passed to the next story, and then something snapped inside of me.”

“We just thought it would make sense for the gay dog to be adopted by a loving gay family,” Nichols told WCCB in Charlotte.

“We’ve been subject to that kind of bigotry and ignorance throughout our lives together, and we couldn’t always do anything about it,” Nichols said. “We looked at each other and said, ‘We can do something about this.’”

Nichols called the local TV station who covered the story, and the reporter helped put him in touch with the shelter. The couple signed adoption papers for Fezco less than 48 hours later. But on the way home, Steve realize that the dog needs medical attention. “I spent about an hour with him in the car, and it was obvious to me by being with him that he was in really bad health,” he told NBC News. He took the dog to a local animal hospital where he was treated for heartworms, neutered and given a health check. 

(Unfortuantely) the Dog is Not Really Gay

“All dogs do it,” Dr. William Pressly of the Pressly Animal Hospital told WCCB. “It’s a dominance thing and a play thing. You just don’t throw ’em away. When you get an animal, he’s there for the lifetime.”

“We’re pretty certain he’s not gay, because he hates having his picture taken,” Steve joked. “What gay person doesn’t want their picture taken?”