According to Monday’s KOAT News, dogs in one neighborhood in New Mexico are falling ill and dying. At least a dozen dogs have been killed by the mystery illness which is striking dogs in the Paradise Hills neighborhood – several dog owners are joining forces to see if they can get figure out what is going on, before more dogs die.
The dogs impacted by the mystery illness are presenting with the same symptoms – lethargy, vomiting and a lack of appetite. The illness is fast moving and appears to cause multiple organ failure. The first dog that is known to have died was Amy Neel’s service dog, “Joe.”
When Joe began throwing up, Neel took him to a veterinarian who recommended that she let the illness “run its course.” The next day, the dog was dead. Another dog developed similar symptoms and was put down shortly thereafter because of the suffering.
In an effort to find out who has dogs impacted by this mystery illness, residents have created a form (click here) to track pets who may be suffering from similar symptoms. Many of the people leaving comments on the KOAT article have speculated that the dogs impacted thus far may have been poisoned.
The true source of the illness impacting these dogs remains a mystery at this point.