There are indeed various rumors that shapeshifters had been seen in and around Dogtown, Massachusetts. Nothing has been substantively proven however as to whether or not they are actual werewolves.
Where is Dogtown located?
Dogtown is located in northeastern Massachusetts on Cape Ann on Massachusetts Bay. The town is an abandoned village that has been reclaimed by the dense woods which surround it. It was established in 1693 and deserted in the early 1800s.
Is it called Dogtown because of werewolves?
Although it might at first seem like there should be a connection between “dogtown” and werewolves, there is not in fact any connection in the actual naming of the town itself. Instead, the town probably got its name because of the large number of stray and feral dogs which roamed the area. The excess number of dogs was due to the fact that single women and widows of the town often kept dogs as pets for protection.
Witchcraft, werewolves, and superstitions around town…
It is said that a number of witches used to live in Dogtown. These women were often said to place curses on people that did not do as they pleased. Most famously, this included the “Queen of the Witches” aka “the Witch of Dogtown” (Tammy Younger). Some local folklore also points to the combination of witches in Dogtown and the fact that there were an abundance of wolves in the nearby woods as an indication that werewolves may have been present. Although this line of reasoning is relatively weak, some say it is further supported by the acknowledgement and recordings of recent bizarre attacks that have happened during the full moon in the vicinity of the village’s previous location. Descriptions and eye witness accounts of the attacks are consistent with werewolves and werewolf attacks – specifically extremely large “wolf-like” animals who are spotted and attack during the full moon.