WCCB about Fezco, the dog who was abandoned by his owners for humping another male dog. “It was one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard,” Nichols said of the reason given for leaving Fezco with Stanly County Animal Protective Services. “That’s just pack behavior.” He said he and Winn looked at each other after hearing the news story and decided to adopt the abandoned dog.Nichols told TMZ that he felt a connection to the dog, who was being unfairly discriminated against, just as he and Winn have been in their own lives.
According to the The Charlotte Observer, Nichols then drove about an hour from their home to Albemarle, located about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte, to adopt the dog, who he and Winn have renamed Oscar, after Oscar Wilde, a gay Irish poet and playwright in the early 1890s.Nichols said the application wanted to make sure that whoever adopted Oscar would be committed to nursing him back to health.
Officials at the Stanly County shelter noted that, despite being five years old, it appeared Oscar had never been taken to a veterinarian, was suffering from heartworms, and wasn’t neutered.“What is almost as concerning as the idea that he’s gay, and that the person gave him up for that reason, is the fact that the owner apparently didn’t do anything to take care of this dog,” Nichols told the Observer. “It was pretty apparent to me that he has not seen a good meal or a groomer in his life either.”Although he was only able to spend about an hour with Oscar at the shelter, and despite the fact that the dog was feeling unwell, Oscar was “extremely sweet” and well-behaved, Nichols said.“He obeyed commands just like he had been listening to me all of his life,” he said.