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UPDATE: Discovery of ‘toxic’ algae at Darford lakes may have caused death of three dogs

PUBLISHED: 09:26 19 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:26 19 May 2016

Brooklands Lake

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Dartford Borough Council has closed Brooklands Lakes

The Environment Agency has discovered a type of algae that is toxic to animals and could harm humans, as they investigate the death of three dogs that entered a Dartford lake.

Kent Police ruled out foul play during their investigation into the deaths, with up to 10 dogs being affected.

Officers handed over the investigation to the Environment Agency and Dartford Borough Council, which closed Brooklands Lakes, near Powder Mill Lane, on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, teams made a discovery which could offer an explanation to the deaths.

A statement from Dartford council read: “The Environment Agency has confirmed that initial tests have detected Blue-Green Algae in Brooklands Lakes and that they have sent further samples of water for testing.

“The algae growth is naturally occurring and is potentially harmful to humans and toxic to animals.”

Despite the discovery, there is nothing the council can do to remove the algae or prevent it growing.

Brooklands Lakes will remain closed until the results of the further analysis have been received.

It is understood that symptoms, believed to include seizures, were shown soon after the dogs left the water.

Parkvets Veterinary Hospital in Sidcup, said it knew of 10 dogs that have been affected.

A spokesman, who could not give more details, said the surviving dogs were being kept under observation.


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