South Portland Parks and Recreation | by way of WGME

South Portland Parks and Recreation | by way of WGME

South Portland officials are warning residents about an algae bloom that could be toxic to dogs.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — South Portland Parks and Recreation in Maine is warning pet owners that a green algae bloom could make toxins dangerous to dogs.

The recreation division warned pet owners Friday not to let dogs swim or drink from the pond when going to Hinckley Park.

[Dog-killing toxic algae could surface in Maine’s waters]

Blue-green algae development, identified as cyanobacteria, is created up of microscopic organisms that naturally take place in streams and lakes. A lot of it is harmless, but some can make toxic chemical substances that result in sickness in individuals and pets.

South Portland officials say the algae in the pond is the sort that can make toxins that are fatal to dogs. Officials urged pet owners to take into consideration maintaining dogs on leashes or stop by other dog-friendly parks till the threat has passed.

 

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