The first dog to be positive for coronavirus viruses in the United States has died, National Geographic reported on Wednesday.
According to the magazine, a German shepherd who was named Buddy and lived with his owners at home on Staten Island, New York, died on July 11th.
Laboratories at the Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services published the first confirmed case of a dog infected with the virus in the U.S. in early June, but the information was not made public.
Buddy started breathing in mid-April, just before his seventh birthday. He was also most likely to have lymphoma, a cancer, National Geographic said, citing medical documents provided by its owners and reviewed by two veterinarians not involved in the dog̵7;s treatment.
The owners of Buddy, the Mahoney family, told the news portal that they are disappointed with health experts. They did not further investigate the possible link between COVID-19 and Buddy’s health problems.
They also described a confusing process as it was confirmed that less than 25 pets had coronavirus in the U.S., while more than 4 million Americans were infected.
You tell people your dog has been positive and they are looking at you [as if you have] ten heads, ”Allison Mahoney told National Geographic. “[Buddy] was the love of our lives. … He gave joy to all. I can’t wrap my head.