According to WGME, blue-green algae has been spotted in Hinckley Park in South Portland.

The news station reported that South Portland Parks and Rec Department is warning pet owners to keep their dogs away from the pond as this can be deadly to canine species.

The Parks and Rec Department also put out a statement on Facebook:

"Unfortunately, we found signs of the blue/green algae bloom in Hinckley Park today. We are waiting for confirmation from DEP but are going to post signs around the ponds and close them to err on the side of caution.”

WGME has an article that shows just how the toxin can harm your dogs.

Blue-green algae are a type of cyanobacteria that put pets in danger and can spread rashes and create other biological effects in humans, according to a report from WGME in 2019. The report also discusses rising levels of cyanobacteria in lakes and rivers in the state of Maine.

So if you plan on taking your dogs to Hinckley Park, make sure to keep them away from the water!

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