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Canine deaths could be linked to HAB exposure at Little York

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Visitors to Little York Lake are warned to be wary of Harmful Algal Blooms, following their potential link with the sudden deaths of two dogs recently exposed to the same area of the lake along the southwestern edge of Elm Avenue.

An inspection was conducted yesterday by Little York Lake Preservation Society board members joined by the director of NYSFOLA, searching for evidence of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) which are responsible for harmful algae blooms (HABs).

HABs can make people ill, but they can kill dogs.

Officials are now waiting for results from an evaluation of a sample taken from unusual material found floating on the surface water of the affected area.

They’re also waiting for an autopsy from the second dog.

Visitors to the park are encouraged to report anything that looks like a HAB in the water by emailing the location and possibly to, or by texting 607-218-2550.

For the time being, officials recommend that the area of the lake be avoided until more information becomes available.

Stay updated at the Little York Lake Preservation Society website.

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