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The Wild Dog of Potomac Park: The Story of Queen, Slain in 1913

Read the story of Queen, the wild dog of Potomac Park who was slain in 1913. Learn about Queen's reign of terror over pedestrians and motor car drivers, and the efforts to shoot her that ultimately failed.
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This is probably not something you would see today. At least, let’s hope not.

We came across the headline “Wild Dog of Potomac Slain” in The Washington Post from July 28th, 1913. Below is the article.

“Queen,” a bulldog, known for years as “the wild dog of Potomac park,” which has terrorized automobilists and pedestrians at night, has been slain at last. She was shot yesterday by Policeman W. C. Davis, after he hid in the bushes for more than an hour waiting for her to appear.

The dog first went to Potomac park eight years ago, making her home in what was known as the Potomac flats, prowling about at night, chasing pedestrians, and snapping at motor car drivers who dared to get out to fix a light or repair a puncture. the dog a year ago bit a little girl, and efforts were made at that time to shoot her, but she evaded the policemen.

Recently “Queen” has been appearing in west Potomac park, terrorizing people. They declared she ventured forth only at night.

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