Toxic algae: A threat to people and pets
Toxic algae not only prevents us from enjoying the waters we love. It can also be harmful and even deadly.
At the beginning of August, a pet owner in North Carolina lost three of her dogs when they died of liver failure after playing in algae-infested waters. Just weeks earlier, pet owners in New Brunswick lost their dog after he went swimming in the St. John River. Poisoning from toxic algae was the confirmed cause of death.
Poisoned dogs from toxic algae blooms are, unfortunately, becoming an increasingly common news story in North America. The same algae that killed these poor pups has been showing up, summer after summer, in parts of Lake Erie. Although algae blooms are scary, they are not inevitable: we know what causes them, and what we need to do to stop them. However, we need a lot more people to be aware, get involved, and demand change to generate the action needed to stop this problem.
We need to tell our elected officials: no more dying pets, no more closed beaches, no more millions of dollars lost to the economy for a problem that is preventable. We need swift, bold and decisive action to keep algae-causing nutrient pollution out of our beautiful waterways. Please join us in telling the Ontario and Canadian governments: It's time for action to protect Lake Erie!