The Browns announced Friday afternoon that the team has helped 82 puppies from the Northeast Ohio SPCA find homes this year, bringing the grand total to 442 .
Sugardale Foods, the sponsor of the Browns Puppy Pound, said it will donate $5,000 to the Northeast Ohio SPCA to celebrate the accomplishment.
The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones posted a very entertaining Puppy Pound Twitter thread Friday.
As an added bonus, the Browns published their own “Puppies of Training Camp” photo gallery on Monday.
The Browns have long had an affinity for canines. One of their alternate logos is a dog. Cleveland’s rabid fan base is known as the “Dawg Pound," whose fans wear dog masks. It boasts a 6-foot-1 Labrador mascot named Chomps. In 2014, the team introduced a live sideline mascot, a mellow bull mastiff named Swagger.
Just last summer, a chocolate lab named Moose became one of the team’s beloved characters on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Moose roamed freely around the team’s Berea, Ohio, facility, delighting those in the complex as well as television viewers at home.
Browns fans even bark their support of the team: “Here we go Brownies! Here we go! Hoo hoo!”
One of the youngest teams heading into the 2019 season, the Browns have a lot of pups to look forward to in 2019. Mayfield (24) will command what many expect to be one of the most exciting offenses in the league with Beckham (26), Jarvis Landry (26), Kareem Hunt (24), Nick Chubb (23) and David Njoku (23) helping lead the charge. On the other side of the ball, 2017 No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett (23), linebackers Joe Schobert (25) and Mack Wilson (21), and cornerbacks Denzel Ward (24) and Greedy Williams (21) provide a young and talented nucleus at each level of the defense.
The Browns began their 2019 preseason campaign with a 30-10 victory over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. Mayfield threw a touchdown pass while Garrett caused fits for an overmatched Redskins offensive line. Cleveland continues its preseason slate on the road against the Indianapolis Colts on Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. on NFL Network.