This is such ruff news.
A German shepherd in Staten Island who was the very first pet to check positive for the coronavirus has passed away, the first death of its kind, according to a report on Wednesday.
Seven-year-old Buddy started experiencing concerns with his breathing in mid-April, not long after his owner, Robert Mahoney, contracted COVID-19, National Geographic reported.
From April 21 to May 15, the pooch continued to lose weight and ended up being significantly lethargic.
His owners took him to vets who offered him medication, but were doubtful he had the infection.
He was finally tested May 15, a month after his signs emerged, at Bay Street Animal Hospital in Rosebank.
His test returned favorable, and the results were later verified by the New York City Department of Health, according to the publication.
Friend passed away on July 11.
Medical records examined by the mag indicate that the pup most likely also had lymphoma, a kind of cancer.
According to National Geographic: “Its unclear whether cancer made him more prone to contracting the coronavirus, or if the virus made him ill, or if it was just a case of coincidental timing.”
Pal was among fewer than 25 family pets in the country who have actually tested favorable for the infection.
” You tell individuals that your canine was favorable, and they look at you [as if you have] 10 heads,” one of his owners, Allison Mahoney, told the mag.
” [Buddy] was the love of our lives … He brought delight to everyone. I cant wrap my head around it.”
I cant wrap my head around it.”