TACOMA, Wash. — Park officials are investigating reports that dogs died of a bacterial disease after frequently visiting a North Tacoma park.
Warning signs have been posted at Garfield Park in North Tacoma, saying park officials are investigating reports that three dogs that frequented the park have died of leptospirosis.
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According to dog owners who called the News Tribune, their two dogs died last week from the disease after visiting the park.
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The disease is a bacterial infection that, for dogs, can cause liver failure and death. It is usually spread through the urine of infected dogs.
One couple said they saw their dog drink water from a puddle at the park. Their dog then became lethargic and then died a few days later, the News Tribune reported.
Metro Parks Tacoma is investigating and is urging people to keep their pets out of Garfield Park while water samples are tested.
And since leptospirosis can spread to humans through infected animals, contaminated water or soil, it's recommended adults and children avoid puddles and wash their hands thoroughly if they go to Garfield Park, which remains open. People might want to wash their shoes, too.
Humans can develop flu-like systems that can lead to meningitis and liver failure.
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