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Searching for answers: woman wants answers and warns others after dog dies after swimming in Lake Jordan

APEX, NC (WNCN) – Sarah Pohlig said she walks her dog Ruby to the lake all the time. However, her trip to Jordan Lake on Saturday was unlike any experience she has had.

Pohlig said she was with a group of friends and brought her two dogs.

She said the group entered the lake near the Farrington Boat Launch and headed to a nearby shore where the dogs began playing in the water.

“Ruby is really starting to bite all the waves. I didn’t know she swallowed water,” said Pohlig.

About an hour later, Pohlig noticed that Ruby, a three-year-old Beagle mix, was beginning to behave unusually.

She said Ruby started whimpering, seemed lethargic and almost bloated.

“We thought she was overheating and put a washcloth and ice water on her forehead,” Pohlig said. “I think we tried to cool her down for 10 minutes before we really started to worry.”

Pohlig said it didn’t take long for things to escalate.

She said Ruby’s heart rate increased, her pupils dilated, she started convulsing, and then Ruby disappeared. Pohlig said: “It didn’t feel real. I thought what happened?”

Ruby’s owner has continued to seek answers, wondering if her dog was exposed to harmful algae or if Ruby was suffering from water intoxication.

She said she wonders what other dog owners experienced after visiting the lake over the weekend.

The Chatham County Health Department shared a post on social media urging dog owners to exercise caution following reports of dogs getting sick and dying after visiting the lake.

However, after contacting the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, preliminary tests showed no signs of harmful algae in the lake.

A press release states: “[f]Field crews found no visible signs of algae in the area. Preliminary rapid test analysis of the samples indicates that some potentially toxin-producing cyanobacteria were present, but not in bloom amounts and typical of summertime NC lakes.”

CBS17 News caught up with visitors to the lake earlier this week.

Scott Rose of Durham, also a dog owner, said he hopes to get more information on the lake’s water quality. He said. “It seems like we need to do water quality testing more frequently, especially since Jordan Lake and Falls Lake are the two main reservoirs for a really growing area.”

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Dais Johnston

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