Algae blamed for dog's death

Algae blamed for dog's death

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - A type of poisonous bacteria blamed for a dog's death last year has been found in two locations on Long Island.

Newsday reports that Mill Pond and Lake Agawam in Southampton have tested positive for blue-green algae.

The algae can be toxic to humans and animals.

Last year a blue-green algae bloom was found in Georgica Pond in East Hampton. A Jack Russell terrier died after drinking the water there.

The bacteria are naturally present but can pose a health risk in high levels. Drinking highly contaminated water has been associated with liver and nervous system damage.

Mill Pond and Lake Agawam are the first confirmed locations of blue-green algae on Long Island this year.

Neither body of water has a swimming beach.

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