Dog Found Tied To Tree With Note Has Been Adopted By Army Specialist

Abandoned dog Duke has been adopted

After a young dog was found tied to a tree at Baltimore’s Patterson Park last Saturday, people clamored to make him their own. The abandoned American Bulldog, named Duke, became an internet star after people learned that he had been abandoned in the cold, along with a note from his former owner which read, “My name is Duke. Here’s my favorite toy and my food. I am looking for a new home.”

After being found by Stephanie Dagenhart, a good Samaritan who sat with the frightened dog until help arrived, Duke was taken to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) and held for the mandatory 72-hour stray hold. On Friday, the animal shelter let Duke’s fans know that the highly sought-after dog had found a forever home:

About 30 minutes ago, Duke was officially adopted by U.S. Army Specialist Wallace White. 

As it turns out, though Duke’s story had gone “viral,” Army Specialist White was not someone who was intrigued by the thought of owning a “celebrity” dog. The shelter explained, “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.”

Adding words of thanks for everyone involved with saving Duke:

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

(Images via BARCS Facebook page)

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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. Sloan Cowart says:

    What an amazing ending. A new chapter for Duke & Army Specialist White. So happy for both of them❤️

  2. Elaine Whinston says:

    Thanks for telling all of us about Duke’s happy ending. Best of luck to Duke and his new Dad.

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