- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Animal control authorities in the northwest Portland area say eight dogs that look like malamutes have been spotted wandering in the past two months.

Multnomah County Animal Services Director Mike Oswald says malamutes are a somewhat unusual breed and “it’s really odd to have so many unclaimed dogs from the same area.” Oswald calls it a “genuine malamute mystery” that he’d like to solve.

Two of the dogs were shot for killing a goat. All reportedly have been thin.

The first two dogs were found March 21. They were rescued. One has been adopted and the other transferred to another adoption agency.

Several days later, four similar dogs attacked and killed a nearby property owner’s goat. The goat owner killed two of them; the other two ran off.

Another stray malamute was picked up in the area on March 30. One more was found last week after neighbors reported it had been eating their dog food.

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