The North Carolina Division of Water Resources received confirmation that toxic blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria, were responsible for the death of three dogs that swam in a pond. According to The Charlotte Observer, Mecklenburg County residents have been warned to keep away from about a dozen ponds containing toxic algae, which may be particularly fatal for dogs. At Curcio Law Group, our team understands how devastating losing a beloved pet can be, and relief may be necessary to help with moving forward.

Test results for the Park Road Park’s pond and Robbins Park located in Cornelius revealed that the water contained the toxic algae. While there are no known reports of humans falling ill, dogs coming into contact with these ponds’ water may suffer serious injuries or death. Owners should not allow their pets to drink the water from the park’s pond or to swim in it.

Sometimes, however, animals break away from their owners and there may be no way to control their actions. This might be the case when a dog suddenly becomes frightened when seeing the effects of toxic algae, such as numerous dead or dying waterfowl around the affected pond. If a dog appears to feel ill or something is not right in its behavior, it may be a sign you need to bring your pet to a veterinarian.

Ponds are generally under the care and control of the local county government, and filing a civil action may enable you to obtain relief for harm done to your pet. Our page on advocating for your pet provides more information on compensation for your animal’s injuries or wrongful death.