Malamute Mystery


Multnomah County Animal Services is hoping that someone can provide information about how eight Malamute-type dogs ended up in the area near the southern tip of Forest Park and Northwest Cornell Road. A press release has been issued asking for the public's help.

The first two dogs were found at Northwest Thompson Road near Northwest Cornell Road at 11:05 am on March 21. One of those dogs has been adopted and the other has been transferred to an adoption placement partner.

Four Malamute-type dogs then killed a local resident’s goat on March 25. Two of the dogs ran off and the other two were fatally shot by the goat’s owner (as is allowed when an animal is trying to kill livestock). Multnomah County Animal Services picked up another stray Malamute in the area on March 30 and an eighth Malamute was trapped on May 22 after it had reportedly been hanging around and eating a resident’s dog food for about a monthsaid Animal Services director Mike Oswald.

"Malamutes are a somewhat unusual breed and it's really odd to have so many unclaimed dogs from the same area," Oswald said. "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."

The general condition of the mystery Malamutes has been thin or emaciated, and Animal Services wants to determine how and why all these Malamutes ended up in one area over the past two months.

If people see other stray Malamutes or sledding-type dogs, or know anybody who breeds or owns a large number of Malamutes in this area, please contact Animal Services field supervisor Michelle Luckey at (503) 988-6238.

For updates about adopting any of the Malamutes at Animal Services, please check back with And if you want to help care for these dogs and all the abandoned animals needing medical care at Multnomah County Animal Services, please consider supporting Dolly’s Fund at

UPDATE 5/28/14: We were notified of possibly two additional malamutes today. An MCAS officer will set up humane box traps today in an effort to catch  and rescue them. We will make every effort to adopt out (or place with a partner rescue organization) any malamutes we are able to catch, as we have with all of the previous dogs in this case.