Feral Dogs Hound Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park

February 20, 2008 at 5:58 am 3 comments

Rabid fans in the infamous Dawg Pound at Cleveland Browns Stadium used to be the scariest pack in town… but Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park has become notorious as the home of an elusive and intimidating pack of wild dogs. The park meanders through 200-acres of land along Martin Luther King Boulevard that was donated to the city by John D. Rockefeller in 1897. 

Joggers and bicyclists have begun to avoid the park and adjacent boulevard as the pack becomes increasingly bold and bullying. 

According to chief animal warden John Baird, the park is a challenging place to find and trap the dogs.  But Baird also notes that the city has actually made a great deal of progress in reducing the feral dog population of the city.  In the 1970’s and 80’s packs of feral dogs prowled many of Cleveland’s neighborhoods.  The pack roaming Rockefeller Park is reportedly the only one left.

It’s a scary situation — but it could be worse.  John D. Rockefeller was reportedly the first person to import Bullmastiffsto the United States.  He acquired the dogs to guard his Tarrytown, New York estate.  Bullmastiffs were already patrolling Tarrytown when Rockefeller donated the park land to the city in 1897.  Imagine a pack of those impressive beasts lumbering through the park after joggers!



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  • 1. Fuzzy Logic  |  February 20, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Aw.. thanks!

    Yeah, Bullmastiffs can be a tough breed.. not for the faint of heart. They have what I call the “Bullmastiff Make Me” look. There isn’t any Bullying a bullmastiff.. everything is a team effort. Thank goodness! I want my guys on MY team!

    I’m careful who I tell the breed history to… not everyone wants to hear that bullmastiffs where designed specifically to kill a poachers dog and then hold the poacher. At least they held them by sitting on them.

    I love that picture… my kids do that all the time!

  • 2. Caveat  |  February 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    My first dog at age 4, when I finally wore my parents down, was a Bullmastiff. A noble fellow in every way but no intruder would think so.

    Interesting story. It is Peta’s dream – that all dogs should ‘live free’, be viewed at a distance. What a bunch of nutjobs they are.

    I note that animal control is too busy with ‘pit bulls’ to take care of this menacing pack of strays. Your tax dollars at work, Cleveland!

  • 3. Audie's Gramma  |  February 26, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Hmmmm … I grew up in Cleveland in the 70’s and early 80’s — not good times for that city.

    But no packs of roving dogs. And as a feral child, I’d have met them. Probably been raised by them if they were out there.

    Methinks Mr. Baird is embellishing things a bit.

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