Dog Abandoned at Patterson Park Adopted by U.S. Army Specialist at BARCS

| January 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Duke, a white American Bulldog that was abandoned at Patterson Park earlier this month, has been adopted.

From the BARCS Facebook page on Friday, January 19th:

Duke’s story reached nearly every state in the nation, after a post about him being tied to a tree with a note went viral. The note told finders that his name was Duke, next to him was his favorite toy and his food, and also that he needed a new home. It was a community effort between the great neighbors of Patterson Park, the BCPD and Baltimore City Animal Control to get him safely to BARCS.

About 30 minutes ago, Duke was officially adopted by U.S. Army Specialist Wallace White. Wallace didn’t even realize he had picked out a celebrity dog until a friend pointed out the news stories to him. He just happened to fall in love Duke just for being Duke.

This is the BEST ending – no, beginning – for our big buddy Duke. Thank you, Baltimore, for saving this handsome boy.

Read the full story on the Today Show:


Duke was found tied to a tree in a Maryland park on a frigid morning last weekend, along with a heartbreaking note from his former owner explaining that the big white dog needed a new family.

“It essentially said: ‘This is Duke; he has his favorite toy, his crate and his food, and he needs a new home and someone to love him,'” Stephanie Dagenhart, who discovered Duke, told TODAY.

Photo from Stephanie Dagenhart

Also from the article:

The dog was surrounded by some of his belongings, including a crate, some food and a chew toy. He wore a collar bearing the Natty Boh man, an iconic Baltimore symbol of a one-eyed man with a handlebar mustache for National Bohemian Beer. About 10 feet away on the grass was the note explaining the terrible situation.

Dagenhart dialed 911, and posted about Duke to a neighborhood Facebook group to see if anyone recognized him.

Also from the article:

Other neighbors, who learned of Duke on Facebook or otherwise, came to provide support. They sat with Dagenhart, and brought towels and treats for Duke. No one recognized the dog, which makes Dagenhart believe he probably isn’t local.

“This is such a dog-loving neighborhood, I feel like he would have been immediately recognized if he was from around here,” she said.

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