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Dog owners asked to watch the water, even connecting creeks, for toxic blue-green algae

As Jamesville Beach closed for the season due to harmful algal blooms, health officials across the country are issuing warnings in the wake of recent dog deaths linked to the toxic blue-green algae.

In Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina, multiple dogs died after swimming in water which tested positive for it.

Some owners say they believe their dogs died after licking their fur which had been soaked in algae infested waters.

Jamesville Beach closed for the third time this summer due to the presence of algae blooms, and will now be closed for the summer.

The Jamesville Reservoir is connected to Butternut Creek, located in the dog park. It’s a popular spot for some pet owners to let their dogs play.

“All of the people take their dogs down to the creek here which is really nice,” said John Blakely, who was at the creek with his dog Thursday.

Blakely says he isn’t worried about the blooms from nearby Jamesville Beach coming into the creek.

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