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Blue-green algae, toxic to dogs, found in South Portland park

Hinckley Park is still open to the public, but pets should not go near the water, South Portland Parks and Recreation said Monday in a Facebook post.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video posted above was our 2019 explainer on the potential impacts of blue-green algae to dogs. 

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed that the algae bloom at Hinckley Park is cyanobacteria.

Earlier in July, City leaders warned pet owners about the blue-green algae. The bacteria associated with the algae can be extremely toxic to dogs.

Hinckley Park is still open to the public, but pets should not go near the water, South Portland Parks and Recreation said Monday in a Facebook post. 

For more information on this cyanobacteria and the dangers and symptoms in humans and pets, see the following resources:

NEWS CENTER Maine looked into blue-green algae in the summer of 2019 as Hinkley Park was found to have blue-green algae at the time. 

Editor's note: Our stories below are from 2019, but relay useful information about blue-green algae.

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