Mysterious Dog Deaths After Pets Ingest Water at Payette Lake in McCall and Hulls Gulch in Boise 



For the second time in as many months, a pet has died after ingesting water from an area where Idahoans regularly recreate. The exact cause of the deaths remains a mystery.

A 4-year-old border collie died July 6 shortly after she swallowed water from Payette Lake in McCall. A veterinarian from nearby Donnelly performed a necropsy on the animal and, according to the McCall Star-News, the dog's stomach was found to contain a greenish fluid that appeared to be algae. However, the Star-News reported that officials with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality could not find any signs of algae at the lake.

Now KTVB-TV reports that a Boise man said his dog died after drinking some water in the Hulls Gulch area, behind Boise's Camel's Back Park. City officials have posted no trespassing signs in the area, warning hikers to keep away from ponds and/or streams in the immediate area until an investigation is completed. Once again, initial tests from the Boise City Public Works Department indicate there was no algae in that water. 

The Hulls Gulch warning couldn't have come soon enough, as a number of hikers posted on the Boise Foothills Trail Conditions Facebook page that their dogs regularly swam and/or drank from the water in the Hulls Gulch area.

Meanwhile Public Works officials said they collected a number of water samples to conduct a variety of tests and those lab results should be back sometime this week.


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