Adopters Clamor For Dog Abandoned In Freezing Park With A Note

Days ago, an American Bulldog named Duke was cold, alone, and unwanted. Stephanie Dagenhart discovered the two-year-old dog early Saturday morning at Baltimore’s Patterson Park.

Dagenhart’s heart dropped when she saw the abandoned dog, tethered to a tree and shaking in the cold. Near Duke were some of his belongings, and a note, supposedly written by his former owner, which read:

 “My name is Duke. Here’s my favorite toy and my food. I am looking for a new home.”

According to ABC 2 News, Dagenhart contacted animal control about the heart-wrenching situation and then sat near the abandoned dog to wait until someone arrived. While she waited, Dagenhart spoke to Duke to let him know that he was no longer alone – and she created a post about the sad situation, stating that she was losing faith in humanity, on a neighborhood Facebook page. She told WTVR, “He was just sitting there so somber and freezing cold and I could not get that out of my head he was shaking so hard from being cold.”

Dagenhart’s faith was restored when she began to see people show up with treats and towels for the hapless dog. Shortly thereafter, an animal control officer arrived to take Duke to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS).

Duke is currently safe at the animal shelter, and there are many people clamoring to adopt him, but adoption isn’t possible until his mandatory stray hold is up.  Bailey Deacon, director of Communications for the animal shelter, explained to WTVR:

“Right now, he’s on a three-day stray hold, which is a state law. When animals come in to BARCS they have to be here atleast 72 hours before we can release them. Since Duke had the note we know his family was unable to keep him and didn’t want to, but without that official documentation to sign him over he does have to legally stay here until the 19th.”

Deacon added:

“There are lots of people interested in adopting him. We have a lot of potential adopters in line and we’ve also been inundated with Facebook messages and emails. Everyone in the community just wants to give Duke a home and I think that’s just the warm spot of this entire story.”

Find the website for BARCS here.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Elaine Smith says:

    Good luck Duke, I am sure there are many other dogs in rescue/shelters who urgently need a good home too .. save a rescue dog, foster/adopt .. don’t just go for the breed there are many other qualities a dog has but need time, patience and to decompress with pressure and they will reward you and bring so much joy into your life as they have ours.

  2. Sue Watt says:

    I hope that out of all of those people you will find a genuine person or persons, because I have seen many dogs on here that needed a home and couldn’t find one, he is a very nice looking dog, and that worries me as alot of people go for the look of the dog and not a lifetime friend, so please choose carefully, Thankyou for all you do, xxx, Sue in England.

  3. Sloan Cowart says:

    Thank God he is safe. I pray he gets placed with a loving and forever home that will never fail him no matter what…together forever

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