Humane Society puzzled by mastiff mystery

2009-10-14T00:00:00Z Humane Society puzzled by mastiff mysteryBy Amy M.E. Fischer Longview Daily News
October 14, 2009 12:00 am  • 

A large male mastiff found wandering in the Mill Creek area west of Longview has Humane Society officials baffled.

“I can’t figure out for the life of me how you lose a dog this large and not even call looking for it,” said Rick Johnson, executive director of the Humane Society of Cowlitz County.

Some people brought the mastiff to the animal shelter last week after seeing it roaming around, he said Tuesday.

“They thought it was an elk. Then they slowed down and saw it was a dog,” Johnson said. “His head’s bigger than a basketball.”

Mastiffs are among the largest dog breeds. A full grown male can weigh up to 220 pounds and stand 30 inches at the shoulder.

The dog, which appears to be 2 or 3 years old and has a black face and brindle-colored body, wasn’t microchipped or wearing ID tags. But he’s in “great shape,” said Johnson. The pup isn’t skinny and doesn’t appear to have been abused.

“He’s so friendly. You can put him in a group of 10 people and he’s the happiest dog in the world. He just wants to stand there and look at you and slobber,” Johnson said.

Although the dog’s been at the shelter long enough to legally put up for adoption, Johnson said he isn’t comfortable doing so because mastiffs are so expensive. He wonders if the dog was stolen from somewhere else and dropped off in this area.

“This is the type of dog somebody would pay $2,000 for if it was papered,” he said. “It should go home. Where are the people? … Why isn’t anybody coming in looking for this dog? What happened to put this dog in this situation?”

If you think you know this dog, call the Humane Society at (360) 577-0151.

Update: Mystery roaming mastiff claimed by owner

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