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Dog Deaths Linked to Harmful Algae Blooms

Last week, Melissa Martin and Denise Mintz took their dogs – Abby, Harpo and Lizzy – for a swim in a pond near their home in Wilmington, N.C. Within hours, the dogs grew sick and died, apparent victims of poisoning from toxic algae blooms.  “We are gutted,” Martin wrote in a widely shared Facebook post. “What started out as a fun night for them has ended in the biggest loss of our lives.”  Martin and Mintz aren’t the only pet owners stricken by sudden loss. This year alone, EWG’s ongoing monitoring of reports of toxic algae outbreaks has found at least six animal deaths attributed to the outbreaks. Our map tracking algae blooms nationwide records a total of 32 reports of animal deaths since 2010.  Read more....

 

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