National Geographic reported Wednesday that the first dog to test positive for coronavirus has died in the US.
The German Shepherd, named Buddy and lived in a house in Staten Island, NY with his owners, died on July 11, according to the magazine.
The Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services laboratories first confirmed the virus-infected dog in the US in early June, but details were not made public.
In the middle of April, just before his seventh birthday, Buddy started having trouble breathing. He was also prone to lymphoma, a type of cancer, National Geographic, cited medical records provided by his owners and reviewed by two veterinarians not involved in the dog’s treatment.
The owners of Buddy, a friend of the Mahaney family, told news outlets that they are frustrated health experts, not examining the possible connection between COVID-19 and Buddy’s health problems more closely.
He also described a deceptive process, as fewer than 25 pets have been confirmed to have coronaviruses in the US, while more than 4 million Americans have been infected.
“You tell people that your dog was positive, and they look up to you [as if you have] Ten heads, ”Allison Mahoney told National Geographic. “[Buddy] Was the love of our life. … He brought happiness to everyone. I can’t wrap my head around it. “