Ghetto Lion is another word for Dog in a impoverished, neglected, or otherwise disadvantaged residential area of a city, usually troubled by a disproportionately large amount of crime. Junk yard dog = Getto Lion. Often a term used by law enforcement and firefighters for barking and nipping dogs in the hood.. Usally a PittBull or agressive breed but can be any dog.
The drug dealers in the crack house were tipped off to the police presence due to the barking ghetto lions. I was taking a stroll in the hood and got bit by a a Ghetto lion. I responded to a ambulance call but couldn't get to the patient because a Ghetto lion was barking and nipping at me.