Algae Blamed For Dog Deaths Across The Country Found In Charlotte Area Ponds

CORNELIUS, N.C. — A warning has been issued from the Town of Cornelius as officials say they found an algae bloom in a pond in Robbins Park.

Officials tested the pond and found high levels of harmful bacteria.  They say the water is not safe for people and pets.  A company has been hired to treat the pond.

Toxic blue-green algae is blamed for the deaths of three dogs in Wilmington.  They died within hours of swimming in a pond last week.

Blue-green algae blooms can produce harmful toxins that stop a dog’s liver from functioning.  Exposure is often fatal.