This is such news.
A German shepherd on Staten Island who was the first dog to test positive for the coronavirus lost his life, the first fatality of its kind, according to a report on Wednesday.
Seven-year-old Buddy began experiencing breathing problems in mid-April, not long after his owner, Robert Mahoney, hired COVID-19, National Geographic reported.
From April 21 to May 15, the pooch continued to lose weight and became increasingly lethargic.
His owners took him to veterinarians who gave him the medication, but they doubted he had the virus.
He was finally tested on May 15, a month after his symptoms developed, at Bay Street Animal Hospital in Rosebank.
His test was again positive, and the results were later confirmed by the New York City Department of Health, according to the magazine.
Buddy died on July 11th.
Medical records reviewed by the mag indicate that the pup probably also had lymphoma, a type of cancer.
According to National Geographic: “It’s not clear if the cancer made them more prone to contracting the coronavirus, or if the virus did it wrong, or if it was just a case of coincidental time.”
Buddy was one of fewer than 25 pets in the country that tested positive for the virus.
“You tell people that your dog was positive, and they look at you [as if you have] ten heads, ”one of its owners, Allison Mahoney, told the mag.
“[Buddy] it was the love of our lives…. He brought joy to all. I can’t wrap my head around it. “