Dead dog, stray cats from East Palestine being tested for chemical toxicity
A veterinarian in the East Palestine area has requested a necropsy on a pet that passed away following the Norfolk Southern train derailment in the area.
According to the release from Governor Mike DeWine's Office, a Bluetick Coonhound that lived near the derailment site died Monday following a period of lethargy, anorexia and drooling.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) will perform necropsies on the dog and two stray cats from the East Palestine area. The cats had been in veterinary care for the last eight days with upper respiratory issues.
The ADDL will determine if chemical toxicity may have been a factor in the deaths.
So far, final testing results of dead wildlife in the East Palestine area have not shown signs of chemical toxicity.
If your pet has died for an unknown reason, contact your local vet. The general public is not allowed to submit an animal for testing without a veterinarian's order.