Dog owners are warned to keep their pets away from Anderson Park waterways until further notice.
Of most concern is the water in the pond near the model railway and lighthouse, and the creek near the Anderson Park Playground. Testing is underway to see if a blue-green substance seen in the water is cyanobacteria, which is potentially fatal to dogs.
Warning signs have been erected at the site, and a vacuum truck has been used to try to clear the worst of it.
Napier City Council asks that dog owners contact a vet immediately if their dogs show the following symptoms after drinking from, swimming or paddling in the water: vomiting/being sick, diarrhoea, seizures/fitting, weakness/collapse/unconsciousness, disorientation/confusion, drooling, or breathing difficulties. Do not let your dogs drink from or swim in the Pond near the model railway and lighthouse, or the creek next to the Anderson Park Playground.
Cyanobacteria can occur in slow-flowing nutrient-rich water of high temperature, and some species can produce toxins that affect animals and humans.
As a precaution, it is also recommended that people avoid contact with the water.
28 January 2019
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