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Army specialist adopts Duke, dog abandoned at Patterson Park

Spc. Wallace White poses with his new pet, Duke, a bulldog who was found abandoned at Patterson Park earlier this month.
Spc. Wallace White poses with his new pet, Duke, a bulldog who was found abandoned at Patterson Park earlier this month. (Courtesy of Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter)

Duke, the Baltimore bulldog who gained national attention after being found abandoned at Patterson Park last weekend, has been adopted by a U.S. Army specialist*.

Spc. Wallace White adopted Duke, which became official Friday afternoon, according to the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS) Facebook page. BARCS had been caring for Duke since last weekend.

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“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 [with] Duke just for being Duke,” the post states.

Duke, a white bulldog, was found Jan. 13 tied to a tree in Patterson Park. He was left with some food, a crate, toys and a note that said he was looking for a new home.

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Local and national news outlets picked up the story, and several people across the country expressed interest in adopting Duke.

*Correction: Wallace White is a specialist in the U.S. Army, not an officer. The Sun regrets the error.

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