Malamutes are a beautiful and unique breed of dog, massive in size and with the oft desired look of wolves much like their smaller, more energetic counterpart, the Husky. However, it is a rare treat to see a Malamute; they are large and require an impressive amount of maintenance to raise. However, in Oregon they seem to have a mysterious infestation of this particular dog breed.
Since March 21st, eight Malamutes have been discovered roaming feral in the Portland area of Oregon. The first two Malamutes that were discovered were able to be captured, one was sent to a rescue partner and the other was adopted straight out. However, the other six Malamutes were not so fortunate.
On March 25th, a pack of four Malamutes attacked and killed an Oregon farmer's goat. Two of the dogs were shot by the farmer and the other two ran away. In the weeks following, Animal Services captured two different Malamutes that were not involved in the previous incident. All of these massive dogs that they have picked up were described as emaciated, but friendly. However, the sheer number of them running feral has Animal Services perplexed. The director of Multnomah County Animal Services Mike Oswald made this statement on the confounding situation, "Malamutes are a somewhat unusual breed and it's really odd to have so many unclaimed dogs from the same area, "We've got a genuine Malamute mystery on our hands and hope somebody in the public might have some information to help us solve it."
As to why these dogs are running the forests of Oregon, it is still only speculation. Some believe that, due to their friendly attitude, a breeder let them loose, perhaps after they grew out of puppy age without adoption, or for some reason they escaped. While Animal Services hopes to find out why they are on the loose, they also hope to find good homes for the dogs. For those that cannot adopt a Malamute, they can also support the dogs financially by making donations to Dolly's Fund.