A simple evening run ended in heartbreak for one owner. Facebook

Blue-Green Algae Poisoning

Melissa Martin had taken her dogs Harpo, Abby, and Izzy out for a walk one summer evening. The pair of pups chased each other, played with a ball, and rolled around in the mud near a local pond. It started as a fun night until it was discovered that the dogs had become very sick very quickly.

The dogs died that night. They had contracted blue-green algae poisoning, which was growing in the standing water. It only took 15 minutes for Harpo to pass away. Melissa said she was devastated that there was no warning signs or any preventative measures in place that could have saved her beloved dogs.