Antrim Council issues new ‘stay out’ warning to dog walkers and water users in Lough Neagh


A council has issued a new warning to walkers and swimmers to stay away from the water in Antrim’s Loughshore as mystery continues over the cause of death of two dogs in the area last month.

Water testing by the local council and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency proved inconclusive for toxins.

And the results of the autopsies of the animals who died within hours of each other have not yet been released to either authority.

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Kaylee Agnew’s puppy Winnie, a Golden Retriever, and Milo, a spaniel, both died less than an hour after falling ill in early May. Both were young and healthy dogs, and both suffered the sudden onset of seizures after separate walks with different families in the same area.

Concerned families, dog lovers and animal charities issued urgent warnings to the public about the problem, and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough followed suit a week after the dogs died, telling water users and pet owners to stay out of Lough Neagh.

Today, five weeks later, they issued a new warning to the public to stay out of the water and dog walkers to exercise caution as they still have no answers on the sudden death of the puppies. in May, followed by further reports of pets. sick after being in the area..

A council spokeswoman told DogsLive: “A cause of death has not yet been identified and the timeline for toxicology results has not yet been confirmed due to the complexity of ongoing testing.



Kaylee and Padar brought Winnie into their lives to grow up with Miya Rose

“In the absence of conclusive information regarding this investigation, we will continue to advise dog owners to exercise caution and keep their dogs on a leash at all times in this area.

“We would like to reiterate our advice that all water sports activities, including open water swimming, cease until further notice.

“Council staff are in Antrim Loughshore to answer questions from the public. The results of water samples taken by the Council did not identify any cause for concern.

“The NIEA also collected additional water samples to check for the presence of blue-green algae and none were found.

“Additionally, the water sample taken by the NIEA for a wide sweep of organics detected nothing significant, no further water testing is planned at this stage.



Cocker Spaniel Milo, also suffered a seizure and died after the Lough Neagh walk.  He was 15 months old.
Cocker Spaniel Milo, also suffered a seizure and died after the Lough Neagh walk. He was 15 months old.

“The substances that have been identified are generally found at low levels in rivers and lakes in Northern Ireland.”

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Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are scrambling to get conclusions ahead of the planned summer season
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are scrambling to get conclusions ahead of the planned summer season

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