A dog has died following swimming in Lake Tahoe prompting officials to conduct tests to determine if a toxic form of algae is present on the shoreline of Lake Tahoe, reports the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
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A person reported last week that their dog had died after swimming in the lake near the Tallac Historic Site on Tahoe’s South Shore, according to Doug Smith, assistant executive officer with the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. Staff from Lahontan and El Dorado County visited the site the following day to take samples from the area where the owner said the dog was swimming. The staff did not see signs of a bloom, but they proceeded to take multiple samples, Smith told the Tribune.
As a precaution, signs have been posted in the area near the Tallac Historic Site alerting visitors of the possible presence of toxic algae. It is unclear if exposure to algae was responsible for the death of the dog in South Lake Tahoe. Smith said an autopsy was not performed and the dog has since been cremated.